Earth awaits the blast of a mighty solar flare.

By Oliver Townsend May 29, 2024
The Earth is waiting for the impact of a powerful solar flare.jpegOrginal image from: https://universemagazine.com/en/a-powerful-solar-storm-will-hit-the-earth-this-week/

Solar flares are a natural phenomenon that can have a significant impact on Earth. Recently, the AR3664 sunspot has become active once again, emitting a powerful solar flare classified as X2.8 by NOAA. This resurgence in solar activity has raised concerns about the potential impact of charged particles reaching Earth. The last time AR3664 was visible, it grew to almost 200,000 kilometers and was one of the most active areas on the Sun. As it rotates back into view, scientists are monitoring its activity closely to assess the risk of a new solar storm.

The Resurgence of AR3664

After being hidden from view for two weeks, the AR3664 sunspot has reappeared on the southeastern edge of the Sun. This sunspot, now known as the Old AR3664, has not decreased its activity since the previous solar storm. NASA’s Solar Orbiter even observed an X12 solar flare erupting from this powerful sunspot, leading to a massive coronal mass ejection. The potential for another solar storm looms as AR3664 continues to emit charged particles into space.

The Impact of Solar Storms

Previous solar storms have caused disruptions on Earth, including power outages, radio interference, and stunning auroras in the night sky. The recent solar storm reached a G5 rating, the highest level on the geomagnetic storm scale. While auroras may be a visual delight, the effects of solar storms on technology and infrastructure can be significant. As scientists monitor AR3664’s activity, the hope is that any future solar storms will not have a detrimental impact on our planet.

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