NASA Releases Stunning Image Of Sun-Ejected Solar Flares:
NASA Updates: This solar flare has been designated as an M5.5 class flare, which means it is of moderate severity, according to NASA.
Electrically charged gases adorn the Sun’s surface, which continues to generate strong magnetic fields. Magnetic fields describe their sphere of influence. Due to the dynamic nature of these gases, the magnetic fields are constantly stretched and twisted. Solar flares are abrupt explosions of energy caused by the tangling of magnetic fields.
These flares can have Earth-like consequences, such as radio blackouts, if they are strong enough, therefore scientists keep an eye on them. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has now captured the Sun generating a mid-level solar flare, which is shared on its Instagram page.
It was classified by NASA as a moderate-severity M5.5 class flare. The solar flare occurred on January 20 and peaked at 1:01 a.m. EST, according to the agency (11:31 am IST). Radio communications, electric power networks, navigation signals, and spacecraft and astronauts are all at risk from solar flares. They are most common in active zones, which are characterized by strong magnetic fields.
As these magnetic fields develop, they may reach a point of instability, releasing energy in a variety of ways, including electromagnetic radiation, which is seen as solar flares. Coronal mass ejections are frequently, but not always, associated with solar flares inactive regions.
With a series of satellites, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory keeps an eye on the Sun, its atmosphere, and the particles and magnetic fields in the space around Earth.
Last month, NASA issued a warning about spinning Sun debris caused by a solar storm colliding with the Earth, causing an aurora (natural light display in the sky). It was also possible that radio and GPS systems may be slightly disrupted. There was, however, no significant news at the time.
Solar storms are a common occurrence that happens on a regular basis. A solar storm’s arrival time on Earth is determined by its intensity. They can fly at light speed and arrive on Earth 15–18 hours after the ejection.
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