Huge solar flare explodes on Sun, says NASA, will spark geomagnetic storm on Earth

A huge solar flare explosion was observed on the Sun and it may spark a geomagnetic storm on Earth on August 3. Know what space agencies say.

| Updated on: Aug 01 2022, 20:14 IST
Solar flares
NASA just detected an explosive event on the Sun and it has hurled dangerous solar flares towards Earth (NASA)
Solar flares
NASA just detected an explosive event on the Sun and it has hurled dangerous solar flares towards Earth (NASA)

Something fiery and very unusual has exploded on the Sun. A huge explosion erupted on the north-eastern part of the Sun on July 31, but its intensity is yet to be identified. Solar observatories have recorded some parts of the explosion. A report said, “Something just exploded on the sun's north-eastern part. On July 31st at 2309 UT, Earth-orbiting satellites registered a long-lasting C9.3-class solar flare; the intensity is probably an underestimate because it was partially eclipsed.”

The report further confirms that NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) noticed debris flying away from the blast site on the Sun. Though the explosion was huge and powerful, thankfully, Earth is likely not in the line of fire, the report confirmed, citing NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. “The explosion is significant because it may herald an active region set to emerge over the sun's north-eastern part later this week. A new sunspot group could bring an end to weeks of relative quiet,” the SpaceWeather report added.

Solar flares may impact Earth SOON

There are chances of geomagnetic storms, though. NASA has explained that a geomagnetic storm is a major disturbance of Earth's magnetosphere which occurs when there is a strong exchange of energy from the solar wind in the space above Earth. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers, there is a chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storm on August 3. This is expected due to the release of gaseous material from a southern hole in the sun's atmosphere.

Recently, NASA warned that huge solar eruptions are likely to become more frequent as we near the solar maximum, which is in 2025. As solar events will increase in the upcoming years, they will leave an impact on lives and technology on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in space, NASA mentioned.

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First Published Date: 01 Aug, 20:14 IST