Stormy sun erupts with its biggest solar flare yet from a massive sunspot – and it’s still popping (VIDEO)

Just when we thought we’d seen the most powerful flares from a supermassive sunspot, the sun unleashed its most powerful explosion of the weekend so far, knocking out the radio even as the star continued to pop solar storms.

According to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), a dynamic solar flare occurred late Saturday (May 10) from an active sunspot region called AR3664. It peaked at 9:23 PM EDT (0123 May 11 GMT), registering as a massive flare of class X5.8, SWPC officials said. As a result, parts of the Earth’s sunlit side experienced a temporary or complete loss of high frequency (HF) radio signals.

Proving that hasn’t happened yet, NASA officials said, also released a powerful solar flare X1.5 at 7:44 a.m. EDT (1144 GMT). Magnitude However, the Sun unleashed a series of powerful flares this week that enhanced Earth’s northern lights displays.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured these two scenes of massive solar flares, recording X5.8 and X1.5, respectively, on May 11, 2024. (Image credit: NASA/SDO)

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