(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/ NASA)

 

BY JASMINE BAILEY
 

The sun has been quite active this week, producing two flares. The effects of both flares reached Earth, the second one happening early Saturday morning.


The spot region in the sun is called AR1504 and has produced two M class flares. But don’t fret; WBZ reports the “M class” flares won’t mark the end of the world.


“What is the most powerful and dangerous type of solar flare? A class, M class, X class or Z class?” “ It is X class.”


Both flares produced solar energetic particles, which are what actually reached the Earth, not the flares themselves. You probably didn’t even notice the particles that hit Saturday, but Space Weather.com has the report from a photographer that witnessed the affects of the first flare.


"I was very happy to see my first noctilucent clouds of 2012," says Whittaker. "They were visible to the north for about 3 hours as we flew between Ottawa and Newfoundland at 35,000 feet."


The solar flares also affected the pilots of Discovery Channel’s “Flying Wild Alaska.”


“Large solar flares have rendered his GPS useless, so Ben must rely on his gages to land.”


Recent activity on the sun has been minimal compared to the massive solar flare in March that broke records. Space.com says the flare created light with even greater energies than X-rays.


"At the flare's peak, the gamma rays that were emitted from the sun were 2 billion times more energetic than visible light, making it a record-setting detection during or immediately after any previously seen solar flare, researchers… In fact, as the flare erupted, the sun briefly became the brightest object in the gamma ray sky."



 

Solar Flare Peppers Earth But Misses March Record

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Jun 16, 2012

Solar Flare Peppers Earth But Misses March Record

 

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/ NASA)

 

BY JASMINE BAILEY
 

The sun has been quite active this week, producing two flares. The effects of both flares reached Earth, the second one happening early Saturday morning.


The spot region in the sun is called AR1504 and has produced two M class flares. But don’t fret; WBZ reports the “M class” flares won’t mark the end of the world.


“What is the most powerful and dangerous type of solar flare? A class, M class, X class or Z class?” “ It is X class.”


Both flares produced solar energetic particles, which are what actually reached the Earth, not the flares themselves. You probably didn’t even notice the particles that hit Saturday, but Space Weather.com has the report from a photographer that witnessed the affects of the first flare.


"I was very happy to see my first noctilucent clouds of 2012," says Whittaker. "They were visible to the north for about 3 hours as we flew between Ottawa and Newfoundland at 35,000 feet."


The solar flares also affected the pilots of Discovery Channel’s “Flying Wild Alaska.”


“Large solar flares have rendered his GPS useless, so Ben must rely on his gages to land.”


Recent activity on the sun has been minimal compared to the massive solar flare in March that broke records. Space.com says the flare created light with even greater energies than X-rays.


"At the flare's peak, the gamma rays that were emitted from the sun were 2 billion times more energetic than visible light, making it a record-setting detection during or immediately after any previously seen solar flare, researchers… In fact, as the flare erupted, the sun briefly became the brightest object in the gamma ray sky."



 

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