Friday, February 18, 2011

Sun's First X - Flare in Four Years - jams satellite signals

A POWERFUL solar eruption that has already disturbed radio communications in China could disrupt electrical power grids and satellites used on Earth in the next days, NASA said.
The massive sunspot, which astronomers say is the size of Jupiter, is the strongest solar flare in four years, NASA said yesterday.
The Class X flash - the largest such category - erupted on Tuesday, according to the US space agency.
"X-class flares are the most powerful of all solar events that can trigger radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms," disturbing telecommunications and electric grids, NASA said.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory saw a large coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the flash that is blasting toward Earth at about 900km per second, it said.
The charged plasma particles were expected to reach the planet's orbit tonight. Continue reading

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Anonymous said...

It is interesting that the sun is sending out over the top powerful bursts of energy , however so far , by the time the energy gets to earth nothing happens.

Anonymous said...

Yes!....who will believe,next time.

Who was worried anyway!?.....?

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