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Will the first solar flare in 2024 affect Earth?


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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Scientists from the Solar Astronomy Laboratory of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Terrestrial Solar Energy Institute said that the strongest burst of the current solar cycle has already occurred, so the Sun began its activity in early 2024. It should not cause any events on earth.

The scientists explained: “The flare was the first truly powerful flare of the current solar cycle and, without exaggeration, can be described as an event of exceptional power. The flare was twice as powerful as previous flares of this cycle. According to the preliminary report, the flare was assigned a score of X5.0. The flare, previously ranked 1, Rated at X2.8”.

Scientists pointed out that the cause of the explosion was the accumulation of magnetic and electrical energy in the solar corona as a result of the movement of sunspots.

China's solar energy research satellite Quafo-1 captured images of the light as it peaked at 5:55 a.m. Beijing time on Monday morning.

Solar flares are large explosions from the Sun's surface that emit intense bursts of electromagnetic radiation that last only minutes. They are classified based on their power, with Class A being the smallest, followed by B, C, M and X being the most powerful.

Solar flares and eruptions can affect high-frequency radio communications, electrical power grids and navigation signals, and pose hazards to spacecraft and astronauts.

Chen Ankin, chief forecaster at the National Space Meteorological Center, said the impact of solar flares on Earth would be minimal. However, other events that accompany flares, such as coronal mass ejections that reach Earth, can cause geomagnetic storms.

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It was confirmed that an extended effect on our planet was completely excluded as it occurred at the eastern edge of the Sun, far from the Sun-Earth line.

The last major eruption occurred on September 10, 2017 with a magnitude of X8.2.

The scientists added: “The two events that took place today and on December 14 have so far occurred far from Earth, which can be considered a kind of luck.

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