An intense solar flare that erupted from the sun, sent energy across space, showing an image of the invisible light.
NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured the spectacular image around the peak at 9:55 a.m E.T. The space agency classified the flare as an X-class flare.
“The flare was rather impulsive, so any high frequency (HF) communication impacts were likely short-lived and restricted to the sunlit side of Earth at the time of the flare – which was much of the Atlantic Ocean, portions of eastern North and South America, and western Africa and Europe,” the Space Weather Prediction Center said. “The source region for the flare was NOAA/SWPC Region 3006 – a moderately complex spot group in the southern solar hemisphere. Radio signatures associated with potential coronal mass ejections (CME) were observed and reported by the USAF with this activity – so a CME may be likely with this event.”
According to NOAA’s classification system, X-class flares are the biggest flares based on their strength. NASA says that the biggest X-class flares are by far the largest explosions in the solar system and are awesome to watch.