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Even more powerful than the previous one. A new very strong solar flare caused problems on Earth (video)

This is the first solar flare of this magnitude in 2023.

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Scientists have recorded the appearance of the most powerful flare since the beginning of the year in sunspot AR3184, which was classified as an X1.9 class flare. This is the second strongest release of energy on our star in the last few days, writes Space.

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A new spot has appeared on the Sun, which is already almost completely facing our planet. It was in this sunspot called AR3184 on Monday, January 9, that the strongest energy release occurred since the beginning of 2023.

Scientists from the Center for Space Weather Prediction, USA, found that a solar flare belongs to the most powerful class of these eruptions on the Sun – class X. But most importantly, in terms of power, it belongs to class X1.9. This is not the largest energy release in this class, but scientists expect the sunspot to turn completely towards the Earth as early as this week and even more powerful flares may appear in it.

 Even more powerful than the previous one. A new very strong solar flare caused problems on Earth (video)

Even more powerful than the previous one. A new very strong solar flare caused problems on Earth (video)

Given that the stream of charged solar particles that escape into space in As a result of such an event, it takes only up to 10 minutes to fly to the Earth, then the impact on the planet occurred almost instantly by space standards.

According to a statement by American scientists, a huge energy release caused a very strong, albeit short-lived, radio outage in parts of South America, Central America and the Pacific Ocean.

Solar flares, which are incredibly powerful releases of energy, appear in sunspots due to changes in the arrangement of the magnetic field lines of our star. Very often such explosions are accompanied by ejections of giant plasma streams, but this time this event did not happen.

Even more powerful than the previous one. A new very strong solar flare has caused problems on Earth (video)

Even more powerful than the previous one. A new very strong solar flare caused problems on Earth (video)

Nevertheless, eruptions on the Sun will continue further, they believe scientists, especially sunspot AR3184, and these may be accompanied by plasma ejections or coronal mass ejections.

Mostly class A, B or C flares occur on the Sun, but more and more class M flares appear on our star and now it's the turn for class X flares. And these are the most powerful energy releases possible on the Sun. And there is nothing unusual here, because the peak of solar activity will come in a year and a half, which means that more and more such explosions should be expected, scientists say.

A new solar flare was captured by the SDO spacecraft, which constantly monitors the activity of our star. NASA created a special video from a series of images.

As for the first X-class flare of this year, which was classified as an X1.2 class flare, it occurred on the Sun on January 6th. As Focus already wrote, the SDO spacecraft also took pictures of this event. NASA also created a video based on these observations of a solar explosion.

On January 4, a very strong flare also occurred on the Sun with the ejection of a large plasma flow. Thanks to the fact that two spacecraft immediately followed this event, space weather experts showed what this eruption looked like, as Focus already wrote.