The Swedish Solar Telescope Found the Sun’s Largest Flare in 12 Years

A group of researchers from the Queen’s University Belfast and Sheffield University has captured the largest solar flare in around 12 years in the La Palma with the help of the Swedish Solar Telescope.

Due to the distance from the sun and protective atmosphere of the earth together formed unexpectedly a huge radiation burst, which was occurred on Wednesday, 6th September, 2017.

This is the one largest type of flare among the three X-categories of the flares, which was observed for a period of more than 48 hours. This largest solar burst has a great amount of an energy, which may equal to a billion numbers of hydrogen bombs. The solar burst can drive away the plasma from the surface of the sun with the speed in phenomena of upto 2000 Km per second which is called as ‘Coronal Mass Ejections’.

Also it was very unusual that the opening moment of life of the largest solar flare can be observed. The collected information from the solar flare can be channeled in to a number of billions of pounds of the weather industry of the space to well protecting satellites from the sun’s dangers.

According to the researchers, now the sun is expected to enter into the quietest phase of its cycle of around 11 years. Still the thing is not enough to stop the sun from the blasting the next forth of the biggest on record solar flares.

A researcher, Aaron Reid from the Queen’s University Belfast said that, “The sun is currently in what we call solar minimum. The number of Active Regions, where flares occur, is low, so to have X-class flares so close together is very unusual. These observations can tell us how and why these flares formed so we can better predict them in the future.”

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