The sun unleashed a cosmic double whammy Tuesday (March 6), erupting with two key flares to cap a active day of effective solar storms. 1 from the flares is easily the most powerful solar eruption from the year, up to now.
Both of the huge flares ranked as X-class storms, the strongest kind of solar flares the sun may have. They adopted several weaker, but even now highly effective, sun storms on Tuesday and came just days immediately after yet another significant solar flare on Sunday evening.
The very first massive solar storm was also the most highly effective one, position as an X5.4-class flare following erupting at 7:02 p.m. EST (0002 March 7 GMT), according to an notify from the Space Weather Prediction Center operated by the National Weather Service. It really is the strongest photo voltaic flare but for 2012.
The next function occurred just above an hour afterwards, reaching a optimum strength of X1.3.
Many space-based observatories witnessed the solar flares, including NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory as well as the agency’s Stereo-B spacecraft. The sun-watching observatories spotted massive clouds of billed particles – referred to as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs – erupting in the solar flares.