X Class Solar Flares Should Be Here Today Or Tomorrow

And you thought tornadoes and hurricanes were bad? Around 7:00 pm on Tuesday March 6, 2012 a powerful solar storm on the surface of our sun, unleashed the largest solar flare recorded this year. Much like earthquakes, hurricanes and your Facebook comments, solar flares are measured on a rating scale. Based on the scale for solar flares which runs from A, B, C, M and X. An A solar flare is the weakest and of course, an X would be the strongest. Tuesday’s flare rated an X 5.4 class flare.

Both NASA’s Stereo-B spacecraft and its Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the coronal mass ejections which erupted from the solar flares. One of the two also captured the images seen in this post. Neat huh?

Much like the storm that created the Fantastic Four, this X-class (not to be confused with the X-Men) flare could disrupt satellite communications, power grids and produce exciting auroras at both poles. Solar flares occur all the time however they are not always ejected towards the Earth. Presently the sun is in a very active period which happens every eleven years or so.

The flares could cause a geomagnetic storm on Earth. Wikipedia states, in language I am too ignorant to fully understand; A geomagnetic storm is a temporary disturbance of the Earth’s magnetosphere caused by a disturbance in the interplanetary medium. A geomagnetic storm is a major component of space weather and provides the input for many other components of space weather. A geomagnetic storm is caused by a solar wind shock wave and/or cloud of magnetic field which interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field.

The two ejections on Tuesday followed another powerful solar flare that took place on Sunday. It is possible that you won’t have power to keep your refrigerator going and it might be possible that you won’t be able to call your friends on your cell phones but with a little ingenuity we should be able to get passed this. If not, “Flame On!

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  1. #1 by Fay Moore on March 10, 2012 - 9:30 AM

    Thanks for this. I knew about the effects in advance, but I didn’t know about the ratings. Supposedly (unnamed pundits say) the future flares get more intense, but how does that happen if this one was X, the top of the chart?

    • #2 by Tom Baker on March 11, 2012 - 9:08 AM

      Fay, it’s good to see you here! I think my comment on your blog went right to spam. I think like hurricanes are getting stronger and they might have to change the scale, perhaps the same thing might need to happen with solar flares. We’ve only been tracking them for just a few years in the grand scheme of things so we really don’t know the Sun’s power. Human scales don’t mean a thing. Nature does what it wants.

  2. #3 by lapiskamay on March 9, 2012 - 12:28 AM

    i should stay outside, I might get superpowers from it.

    • #4 by Tom Baker on March 9, 2012 - 6:30 AM

      One can only hope so. If you get them let me know what powers you get.

  3. #5 by Stacie Chadwick on March 8, 2012 - 11:42 PM

    Keep in mind that any crackhead on crack can contribute a definition to Wikipedia. Just sayin’. =0

    • #6 by Tom Baker on March 9, 2012 - 9:09 AM

      You are correct Stacie but this guy has it right. I understood most of it.

  4. #7 by PM on March 8, 2012 - 8:32 PM

    wow this is cool. of course i am too stupid to understand what it means :lol:

    • #8 by Tom Baker on March 9, 2012 - 9:10 AM

      PM, it just means NASA gets it’s name in the news.

  5. #9 by ambrosiapeyton on March 8, 2012 - 2:52 PM

    This is way cool but I don’t think I will lose any sleep over it!

    • #10 by Tom Baker on March 9, 2012 - 9:10 AM

      No, and you need your sleep to get well.

  6. #11 by theferkel on March 8, 2012 - 10:44 AM

    Great stuff! What would you do without a mobile? I think I’d last about 3h on my laptop’s battery and watch a movie or something.

    • #12 by Tom Baker on March 8, 2012 - 10:47 AM

      I think I saw on Discovery channel or something that if a large flare did hit, as long as the power companies shut off the grids before the storm hit, they should function properly afterwards.

      Buy a spare battery and watch 4 movies!

      • #13 by theferkel on March 9, 2012 - 4:46 AM

        I just had an idea! Buy candles and make out all night long. When day comes, make out again :)) Same with rainy days – either count cash or make kids

        • #14 by Tom Baker on March 9, 2012 - 6:13 AM

          That is always my idea! Smart thinking.

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