The sun emitted a significant solar flare on March 30, 2022. The flare peaked at 1:35 p.m. EST. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun constantly. The Observatory has captured an image of the event.
Solar flares are strong bursts of energy
Solar flares are powerful bursts of energy. Flares and solar eruptions can impact radio communications, electric power grids and navigation signals. It poses risks to spacecraft and astronauts.
This flare is classified as an X-Class flare. X-class denotes the most intense flares. The number provides more information about its strength. An X2 is twice as intense as an X1. An X3 is three times as intense. More info on how flares are classified can be found here.
Please visit NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Centre spaceweather.gov, to see how such space weather may affect Earth. The U.S. government’s official source for space weather forecasts, watches, warnings and alerts. NASA works as a research arm of the nation’s space weather effort. NASA observes the sun and our space environment constantly with a fleet of spacecraft. The spacecraft studies everything from the sun’s activity to the solar atmosphere. The spacecraft also studies particles and magnetic fields in the space surrounding Earth.