Solar Flares and Storms

Real Time Solar Activity

Solar X-rays:
Geomagnetic Field:

There is a noticeable correlation between increased solar activity and geomagnetic storms with stress levels in the human population of the Earth. As a planetary collective we experience the same stresses that the Earth experiences from the streams of charged particles as a result of solar flares.

There are five different levels of solar activity as indicated by the NOAA Space Environment Center box on this page.

  • Normal
  • Active
  • M Class Flare
  • X Class Flare
  • Mega Flare

There are three levels of Geomagnetic Field activity possible:

  • Quiet
  • Unsettled
  • Storm!

According to

“Solar flares occur when a buildup of magnetic energy on the sun is suddenly released. They usually erupt from sunspots, temporary dark and relatively cool patches on our star’s surface where the local magnetic field is very strong.

Flares generate a burst of radiation across a wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum. They’re often accompanied by coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which hurl enormous clouds of super-heated plasma into space.

Scientists classify strong solar flares into one of three categories: C, M or X (with A and B classes, too, for weaker eruptions). There’s a tenfold increase in power from one class to the next, so an X flare is 10 times stronger than an M flare, and 100 times more powerful than a C.

There’s also a finer gradation within each class, from 1 to 9 in the case of C and M flares. But the number goes higher for X flares, because they’re at the top of the scale and the sun occasionally fires off eruptions more than 10 times stronger than an X1. For example, in 2003, the sun let loose a flare that registered as an X28 before overwhelming the sensors that measured it. It remains the most powerful solar flare ever recorded.”

Geomagnetic storms according to

“A geomagnetic storm is a temporary disturbance of the Earth’s magnetosphere……Associated with solar coronal mass ejections, coronal holes, or solar flares, a geomagnetic storm is caused by a solar wind shock wave which typically strikes the Earth’s magnetic field 24 to 36 hours after the event.”

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