Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Solar X8.7 Flare Erupts from Sun: Largest of Current Solar Cycle | NASA SDO

Solar X8.7 Flare Erupts from Sun: Largest of Current Cycle | NASA SDO

The Sun emitted a strong solar flare from active region 3664, peaking at 12:51 p.m. ET on May 14, 2024. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured an image of the event. It observes the sun constantly. This image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares. It is colorized in red and yellow.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of energy. Flares and solar eruptions can impact radio communications, electric power grids, navigation signals, and pose risks to spacecraft and astronauts.

This flare is classified as an X8.7 flare. X-class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength.

Image Description: The red and yellow Sun against a black background. The Sun is primarily red with several bright yellow active regions swirling across its surface. On the right, a bright yellow burst is seen cascading off the Sun against the black background.

To see how such space weather may affect Earth, please visit NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center https://spaceweather.gov/, the U.S. government’s official source for space weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and alerts. 

NASA works as a research arm of the nation’s space weather effort. NASA observes the Sun and our space environment constantly with a fleet of spacecraft that study everything from the Sun’s activity to the solar atmosphere, and to the particles and magnetic fields in the space surrounding Earth.

Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

Image Date: May 14, 2024

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