Today’s Solar Activity
A solar flare is an explosion on the Sun that happens when energy stored in twisted magnetic fields (usually above sunspots) is suddenly released. Flares produce a burst of radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to x-rays and gamma-rays. [more information]
Scientists classify solar flares according to their x-ray brightness. There are two major categories:
X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms.
M-class flares are medium-sized; they generally cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth’s polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare. Compared to X- and M-class events,
Geomagnetic storms are the result of solar flares coming into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere, and usually have a detrimental effect on power grids, weather system, and human nervous/emotional energy systems.
High solar flare and geomagnetic storm periods can add to stress levels felt on the earth, and can contribute to negative and possibly dangerous conditions.