NASA captures huge explosion on the Sun as Earth grapples with solar storm

US space agency NASA has recorded two powerful explosions on the Sun on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 respectively, which produced intense solar flares.

According to a statement released by NASA, the agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded two solar flares that peaked at 9.23 pm (local time) on May 10 and at 7.44 am (local time) on May 11.

The observatory also captured several photographs of the incident.

NASA Sun & Space released photos of the event on its EDT.” On 11 May. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the events, which were classified as X5.8 and X1.5-class flares.”

NASA Sun & Space's post on X

Solar flares are powerful explosions of energy. NASA said in its statement that the flames and solar bursts could affect radio communications, the electric power grid and navigation signals and pose a risk to spacecraft and astronauts.

The flares are classified as X5.8 and X1.5-class flares, respectively. It says the X-Class shows the most intense brightness, while the numbers provide more information about its strength.

Before this, a Red glow also illuminated the dark sky in parts of Ladakh And strong solar magnetic storms projected toward Earth in other parts of the world caused a rare stationary auroral red arc phenomenon at the Hanle Dark Sky Reserve in the high Himalayas.

According to experts, these lights, also known as aurora, are a rare atmospheric phenomenon that appears as a band of red light visible in the sky. Unlike traditional auroras, which display a variety of colors in dynamic patterns, auroral arcs have a fixed color and remain constant. These arcs are a unique phenomenon seen during powerful geomagnetic storms.

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Sudeep Lavania

Published on:

11 May 2024

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