The sun regained its large magnetic muscles today (June 13), and two solar-powered spacecraft captured the video presentation.
Earth star unleashed for a long time solar flare Early this morning, they shot high-energy radiation into space for about three hours. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which has been studying the Sun from Earth’s orbit since 2010, observed the dramatic event at multiple wavelengths.
The flare was recorded as M3.4, which puts it in the “average” category of a solar flare. It was powerful enough, however, to cause Temporary radio interruption (Opens in a new tab) In the Asia Pacific region here on Earth. (Scientists put strong solar flares into three categories, C, M, and X, with C being the weakest and X the most intense.)
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This morning’s glow was also related to Coronal mass ejection (CME), a massive cloud of superheated plasma blasting away from the Sun at massive speeds. SDO and the Sun and Heliosphere Observatory (SOHO), a NASA/ESA probe launched in 1995, took pictures of the CME today, showing the massive size and incredible speed of the plasma cloud.
The view of the two vehicles was complementary to each other, due to their different orbits. SOHO orbits the Sun at Lagrange Point 1, a gravitationally stable spot in space about 930,000 miles (1.5 million km) from Earth in the direction of our star.
Large coronal mass ejections that strike Earth can lead to strong geomagnetic storms, which can have negative (potential damage to satellites) and positive (supercharged) effects. auroral displays). Experts said that today’s CME does not appear to be up-to-date.
The sun has been emitting a number of flares lately. This is no surprise, given that our star 11 year activity cycle It is expected to peak in 2025 or so.
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