Scientist Harry Coumnas observed sun’s monster solar flares, strongest

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Scientist Harry Coumnas observed sun’s monster solar flares, strongest in a decade


Early on the morning of 6th September, Scientist Harry Coumnas observed two powerful solar flares and the second one was the most powerful in more than a decade. An X- class solar flare rated as the most powerful sun storm category blasted from a large sunspot on the sun’s surface. The flare was the strongest since 2014. The X2.2 flare was dwarfed after 3 hours by X9.3 sun flare.


The flare had resulted in a radio blackout; the high frequency radio experienced a wide area of blackouts, loss of contact for up to an hour over the sunlit side of Earth and low frequency of communication. Sun flares occur when the magnetic field of sun reaches the dark spot on the surface. These twists up and reconnects and a blasting energy outward and super heating the solar surface.


The X class solar flare causes radiation storms in Earth’s uppermost atmosphere and triggers the radio blackouts. Large solar flares can also sling a cloud of energetic plasma from its body, an event called a coronal mass ejection (CME).


Scientist Harry Coumnas said, “It was accompanied by radio emissions that suggest there is a potential for a CME. However, we have to wait until we get some coronagraph imagery that would capture that event for a definitive answer."


There are chances of more sun flares, but there can be nothing as big as X 9.3 which had happen recently. Harry Coumnas is researching on when will the next monstrous sun flare occur.

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