NASA Says The Sun Could Be Waking Up After Capturing The Biggest Solar Flare In Years

The Sun gives light and warmth to all life on Earth. It is one of the reasons why life exists on this planet. But, it can also cause solar flares. These solar flares can easily put a stop to our progress as a species. Solar flares are common occurrences on the surface of the Sun but if it is powerful enough it can easily affect life on Earth. Recently our Sun has not shown much activity on its surface until a few days ago when NASA spotted the biggest solar flare produced by our Sun in years.

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1The biggest solar flare

2020 seems to be a crazy year as our Sun could be ‘waking up’ according to NASA. A NASA spacecraft was able to spot what NASA claims to be the largest solar flare since October 2017. A solar flare is a sudden flash of increased brightness on the Sun which contains harmful radiation and charged particles.

The biggest solar flare

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2It’s been 925 days since the last one

The last time such activity was seen from the Sun was in October 2017. Since then the Sun has been quiet. The number of solar flares and their strength according to NASA has been weak and infrequent. However, NASA has said that this could be a sign that the Sun is ‘waking up’ and more solar flares could be seen in the future.

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3The solar flare was an M-class

The solar flare in question was categorized by NASA as an M-class flare which means a middle-class flare. This is not the strongest solar flare on the basis of strength. But an M-class solar flare has not been seen in a very long time. There are two other classes of solar flares, a C-class and an X-class flare.

The solar flare was an M-class

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4It’s only been C-class till now

Since October 2017 NASA has recorded that the Sun only produced C-class flares. This M-class flare might not be that strong but is still is the strongest solar flare the Sun has produced in a long time. An X-class flare can prompt radio blackouts due to its sheer strength.

An X-class flare

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5What did NASA record?

According to NASA over the weekend a small solar flare emerged from the Sun which they classified as M-class. This was then shortly followed up by a C-class flare and then a number of B-class solar flares were also reported. Scientists are worried that if these solar flares get stronger it could affect life on Earth.

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