On August 5, 2023, at 6:21 p.m. EDT, the sun unleashed a powerful solar flare, which was captured in an image by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. These solar flares are energetic bursts that can impact various aspects of our technological infrastructure. They have the potential to disrupt radio communications, electric grids, navigation signals, and even pose threats to spacecraft and astronauts.
This particular solar flare has been labeled as an X1.6 flare. The classification of X-class indicates the highest level of intensity among flares, with the number offering additional insight into its strength.
For information on how such space weather could affect Earth, you can explore the resources available at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. This center serves as the official source for space weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and alerts provided by the U.S. government.
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