Look: Sun shoots out biggest solar flare in almost 2 decades

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the bright flash of the X-ray flare — it was the strongest since 2005, rated on the scale for these flares as X8.7

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Image credit: X/@NASASun
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Published: Wed 15 May 2024, 11:50 AM

Last updated: Wed 15 May 2024, 11:53 AM

The sun produced its biggest flare in nearly two decades Tuesday, just days after severe solar storms pummeled Earth and created dazzling northern lights in unaccustomed places, Associated Press (AP) reported.

"Not done yet!" the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced in an update.


It's the biggest flare of this 11-year solar cycle, which is approaching its peak, according to NOAA. The good news is that Earth should be out of the line of fire this time because the flare erupted on a part of the sun rotating away from Earth.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the bright flash of the X-ray flare. It was the strongest since 2005, rated on the scale for these flares as X8.7.


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Earlier, the most powerful solar storm in more than two decades struck Earth on Friday, triggering spectacular celestial light shows in skies from Tasmania to Britain.

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