Sun Unleashes Two Powerful ‘X-Class’ Flares (Video)

Reports Tariq Malik of SPACE.com via the Christian Science Monitor:

The sun unleashed a cosmic double whammy Tuesday (March 6), erupting with two major flares to cap a busy day of powerful solar storms. One of the flares is the most powerful solar eruption of the year, so far. Both of the huge flares ranked as X-class storms, the strongest type of solar flares the sun can have. They followed several weaker, but still powerful, sun storms on Tuesday and came just days after another major solar flare on Sunday night.

The first big solar storm was also the most powerful one, ranking as an X5.4-class flare after erupting at 7:02 p.m. EST (0002 March 7 GMT), according to an alert from the Space Weather Prediction Center operated by the National Weather Service. It is the strongest solar flare yet for 2012.

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  • Haystack

    Excuse me, but a term as cool as “X-class solar storm” should only be applied to something that causes mass insanity, or turns everyone into zombies. 

  • Raz

    I still think that Nicholas Cage’s movie still sucks!!!

  • Server

    Well, I had some cell phone disruption today…  The sun seems to have a really bad case of indigestion these days…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J5R44RUEYN3YRRUNMWIP3X2TSE kate s

    The ‘sun spot cycle’ is a record of past solar system excitations. Sort of like a trophy case. In this case a photo album that that Grandma drags out for the admiration of the family. Only adapted for 3D. We all get to live through the excitement again and again.
    Makes sense that we really didn’t want any more impacts with space objects to add in.
    And when NASA gets this record figured out, for those of us still considering aliens in the past we might discover any departures or arrivals for that matter because the energy signature would be recorded in the sunspot record.
    How long does the sunspot record recorder go back? Ask NASA.