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The Sun Is Emitting Massive Solar Flares That Are Effecting Our Planet

The Sun Is Emitting Massive Solar Flares That Are Effecting Our Planet

On September 6th, September 7th, and the 8th NASA has reported massive solar flares from active regions of the sun.

The solar flares are the most powerful recorded flares since 2006 and are causing minor radio blackouts as well as spectacular aurora visible in locations not normally seen.

Here is the timeline of events for the recent solar flares:

Today (sep 8) the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare that peaked at at 3:49 a.m. EDT. You can see a visualization of that flare below.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M8.1 solar flare – as seen in the bright area on the right – on Sept. 8, 2017. The image is a blend of extreme ultraviolet light in the 131 and 171 angstrom wavelengths. Credits: NASA

On September 7th, our sun showed two mid-level solar flares the first peaked at 6:15 a.m. EDT. The second, larger flare, peaked at 10:36 a.m. EDT. These are the fourth noticeable flares in the same active region since Sept. 4.

You can see how these flares are effecting our planet at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.

On September 6th, NASA captured the first two significant solar flares, the first peaked at 5:10 a.m. EDT and the second, larger flare, peaked at 8:02 a.m. EDT.

This animation shows both the X2.2 and the X9.3 flares that the Sun emitted on Sept. 6, 2017. The imagery was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and shows light in the 131 angstrom wavelength. Credits: NASA/Goddard/SDO

Below you can take a look at how the flares are effecting visible aurora.

noaa Aurora

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Jamie Stevens
Jamie is an amateur astronomer and every day space geek.