Washington, Nov 7 (): Space weather experts said the sun erupted its strongest solar flare of the year 2013 on Tuesday, though the massive sun flare did not leave a major impact on Earth.
The powerful X3.3 solar flare peaked at 5:12 p.m. EST (2212 GMT) on Tuesday (Nov. 5) from the sunspot AR1890. The X-class solar flare was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Orbiter as it erupted from the sun.
This flare is classified as an X3.3 flare. X-class means the most intense flare, while the number provides more information about its strength. A X2 is twice as intense as a X1, a X3 is three times as intense, etc.
Along with the video, space weather experts have also said the material ejected from the solar flare will probably not create problems on Earth.
No major disruptions are likely from Tuesday’s flare, but the Earth will not stay completely untouched. The strong solar event caused a radio blackout, and the flare did cause a “magnetic crochet” — a disturbance in Earth’s magnetic field, astronomer Tony Phillips wrote in an update on Spaceweather.com, a website that looks after space weather and sky watching events.
X-class solar flares are said to be the most powerful kinds of solar storms and when they are aimed directly at Earth, they can cause danger to satellites and astronauts in orbit. Currently, the sun is in the peak of its 11-year Solar Cycle 24 and has been unleashing several smaller X-class solar flares from late October.
As per the reports given by NASA, the most powerful flare before Tuesday’s event was a X3.2 flare in May during a hyperactive week for the sun and the report also said one day it saw the sun fire off three major flares. The Sun emitted its third solar flare on October 25 and fourth on October 29.
NASA and space agencies around the world are keeping a close eye on the sun. More flares are expected to come following this strongest solar flare.