Previously hidden sunspot unleashes colossal X-class flare

Previously hidden sunspot unleashes colossal X-class flare

Previously hidden sunspot unleashes colossal X-class flare

A newly emerged sunspot makes its presence known and triggers a powerful X-class solar flare that caused shortwave radio blackouts in the South Pacific.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a huge solar flare on Thursday (January 5) at 7:45 pm EST (0045 GMT on January 6). The eruption shot out a red-hot plasma dome rising above the sunspot AR3182 for more than an hour, according to space weather. com (opens in new tab). Because the sunDue to its rotation, the vibrant sunspot will soon be facing Earth and could continue its explosive activity for days to come.





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