PHOTO OF THE DAY: NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captures a strong solar flare from the Sun

the flare is classified as a Class X flare

The Sun emitted a strong solar flare on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, peaking at 9:55 a.m. EDT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which constantly monitors the Sun, captured an image of the event. (NASA picture)

(NASA) – The Sun emitted a strong solar flare on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, peaking at 9:55 a.m. EDT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which constantly monitors the Sun, captured an image of the event.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of energy. Flares and solar flares can impact radio communications, power grids and navigation signals, and pose risks to spacecraft and astronauts.

This flare is classified as a class X flare. Class X denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength.

To see how space weather can affect Earth, please visit NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center https://spaceweather.gov/, the official US government source for forecasts, watches, warnings and alerts of space weather.

NASA operates as a research arm of the national space weather effort. NASA constantly observes the Sun and our space environment with a fleet of spacecraft that study everything from the Sun’s activity and the solar atmosphere to particles and magnetic fields in space surrounding Earth.

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