Solar blast on Sun as experts warn of flares that could cause radio blackouts

EXPERTS fear we may face multiple radio blackouts amid the recent solar blast.

Scientists believe more flares will be heading towards Earth after a magnetic thread was recorded on Saturday.

Scientists picked up a magnetic thread from the Sun on Saturday

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Scientists picked up a magnetic thread from the Sun on SaturdayPhoto credit: Space Weather
Experts warn there could be radio blackouts if flares continue to head toward Earth's atmosphere

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Experts warn there could be radio blackouts if flares continue to head toward Earth’s atmospherePhoto credit: Space Weather

Radiation from sunspot AR3078 broke against the wall of a nearby coronal hole yesterday, Space Weather reported.

Coronal holes are cavities in the Sun’s atmosphere where magnetic fields open and allow the solar wind to escape.

The S-shaped filament, dubbed the Sigmond, then reshaped after the explosion, meaning more flares could be on offer, the outlet adds.

Typically, flares on the sun’s surface hurl some of the solar plasma towards the earth, with both positive and negative effects.

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The good news is that Earth largely protects us from the damaging effects of solar flares by harnessing its magnetic field.

They can interfere with satellite communications and cause radio failures.

Each solar storm that hits Earth is graded according to its severity, but by and large it is assumed not to be dangerous to people on Earth.

On this occasion, NOAA forecasters say there is a 25% chance of M-class solar flares.

And with eight numbered sunspot groups on the solar disk, a flare could come from almost anywhere.

If these flares are generated, they are expected to erupt on Sunday.

Last month, scientists were concerned about the increased likelihood of class M and X flares after a solar flare caused a “gorge of fire” to tear across the sun’s surface.

X-class flares are scarier because they can cause radio blackouts all over the world and long-lasting radiation storms.

But Class M flares cause only brief blackouts at the Earth’s north and south poles.

https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5998141/solar-explosion-sun-experts-warn-radio-blackouts/ Solar blast on Sun as experts warn of flares that could cause radio blackouts

Chris Barrese

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