The first remarkable solar flare of 2015 was captured on Monday by the US space agency NASA.
According to the American space agency, the incredible sun unleashed a relatively strong and powerful solar flare at 11:24 pm EST on Monday.
The M-class solar flare was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
The solar flare caused a trifling radio blackout on the Earth’s sunlit side during that time, said NASA scientists.
According to the astronomers, the M-class solar flare is the second-most powerful solar flare type.
The most intense X-class solar flares are ten times more powerful than an M-class solar flare.
The sun event recorded on Monday was classified as an M5.6-class flare, which the scientists said is five times stronger and impactful than an M1-class solar flare.
The number indicates the intensity of the solar flare of its class.
Solar flares are basically the bursts of radiation from the sun that can affect the Earth in several big ways, but not very harmful to humans.
According to the space experts, a powerful flare could lead to GPS or radio blackouts and also affect satellites.
The coronal mass ejection (CME), plasma escaping from the sun’s atmosphere, could trigger geomagnetic storms. A CME could hit the planet Earth two days after a solar flare.
The updated Space Weather forecast for the solar flare of Monday read, “Effects from this event included limited blackout of high-frequency (HF) radio communication on the sunlit side of the Earth lasting for tens of minutes. The solar event was followed quickly by another radio blackout event, an R1 (Minor) event, from the same region. LASCO coronagraph imagery didn’t show a coronal mass ejection associated with this event, and even if there had been one, the location of the eruption would have likely sent that CME well away from Earth.”
Fortunately, scientists found no CME linked with the solar flare occurred on Monday. Moreover, the celestial event is unlikely to further cause any disruption in the communication systems on the Earth.