A solar flare has knocked radio out across the US, and more is on the way: ScienceAlert

We feel a few sun-soaked days around Earth as the effects of tantrums hit us across the bay of space.

On August 7, the Sun emitted a powerful Class X flare that knocked out radio power across North America.

Space weather forecasts also predicted that the combined coronal mass ejection (CCME) that erupted several days earlier on August 5 would cut through our atmosphere in a swift swipe. While it may still produce a late-arriving solar storm, meteorologists now suspect it will Maybe they missed it completely.

We might expect to see this kind of solar behavior increase in the coming months, as the sun winds towards the peak of its 11-year activity cycle, It is expected to take place in July 2025.

The sun has been constantly spitting out daily eruptions for over 18 months now, but it sure is increasing. June and July All of them saw an X-class glowour strongest classification for solar flares.

Furthermore, in July, we recorded an M-class flare—the second-strongest flare—almost every day.

We didn’t even get to mid-August, and we’d already seen two X-class flares, and two M-class flares each day; On August 5, we saw, Plus glow x1.63two Class M flares and 9 less powerful Class C flares.

We certainly live in interesting solar times.

Map of areas affected by the radio blackout. (NOAA/SWPC)

The X1.5 flare that caused the radio outage on Aug. 7 emanated from a sunspot region just at the edge of the solar disk, about to spin out of view.

However, it hit the ground so hard that A.J A radio blackout hit the North American continent and the Pacific Ocean.

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glow 5 aug It also happened from the edge of the disc; To date, no radio outages have been reported, although they may occur. However, the August 5 illumination was accompanied Coronal mass ejectionwhich is when large amounts of material, on the order of billions of tons, are ejected from the sun into the solar system.

On August 5, what the sun broadcasts is known as a Cannibal CME. This is when two volcanic eruptions occur in relatively quick succession; And the second eruption, which is traveling faster than the first, overtakes and absorbs its predecessor, creating an even stronger wave of plasma and magnetic fields that travels through the solar system.

NOAA model of a CME hitting Earth, depicted as a small green dot. (NOAA/SWPC)

Since it was emitted from the edge of the Sun, the blow this explosion is expected to deal to Earth is a lightning strike. But from cannibals-cannibals, even a very huge glass blow is expected Geomagnetic storm. This is a temporary, but very significant, perturbation of the Earth’s magnetic field due to the exchange of energy with the incoming solar matter.

In fact, the magnetic field does a pretty good job of shielding the Earth from overload, so you’re not likely to notice much in your day-to-day life. Despite this, we are in for the night He could be in for a treat: It is expected that the flow of particles interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere Put on an amazing Northern Lights show across Alaska, Canada and the far northern United States.

And watch Space weather forecasts. We might be up for some beautiful nights in the near future, if the sun continues to walk the way it does.

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