Huge solar flares observed by NASA

Published By : 12 Jun 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Cameras from NASA have captured pictures of two significant solar flares.

Solar flares are bursts of powerful radiation which release plasma, gases, and other matter into the solar system. According to NASA, destructive radiation coming from a flare cannot pass through the atmosphere of the Earth and since cannot harm humans. However, if a flare is powerful and large enough it has the power to disrupt GPS and radio communication signals.

The first solar flare was reported to peak at 7:42 AM ET on Tuesday. It was then followed by another lesser blast reported at 8:52 AM ET.

These were short-lived flares which were expected to disturb high-frequency radio communications on Earth. However, NASA scientists have stated that they pose no threat to humans. They also said that even though the Sun has immense power, it does not have enough energy to throw a fireball at ninety three million miles on Earth.

Scientists have classified solar flares by their size, which is similar to the classification of earthquakes and tornadoes. The first flare that happened on Sun was classified as X2.2 flare which was unusually bright. The second flare was classified as X1.5. X-class flares are the biggest and can disturb radio signals and GPS on Earth. While M-class flares are medium sized and C-class flares are small which don’t affect Earth at all.

The images were captured by NASA\'s Solar Dynamics Observatory which monitors entire Sun for twenty four hours a day. NASA has stated that solar flares are a common occurrence and they have recorded many large to medium solar flares in this year already.
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