Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Major Solar Flare 9th August 2011 X7 CLASS

It is the most powerful solar flare in current Solar Cycle.
Captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Thankfully it is not Earthbound:
How are flares measured?

C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.
M-class flares are medium-sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth's polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare.
X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms.
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