NASA captured Image of Solar Flares Recently Ejected by Sun
The surface of the Sun is characterised by charged electrical gases that create solid magnetic forces like a solar flare. Their range of influence is known as magnetic fields. Since these gases are dynamic, they continually expand and twist magnetic fields.Sometimes this magnetic field tangling can trigger an explosive explosion of energy, referred to as solar flares. The solar flares, if powerful enough, could cause a ripple effect on Earth as well, such as blackouts in radio frequencies, which is why scientists are constantly monitoring this solar flare. Today, NASA has captured the Sun emitting an intermediate solar flare with the Solar Dynamics Observatory and shared the fantastic moment via the Instagram page.
NASA identified it as it was an M5.5 solar flare. This means it is of moderate intensity. NASA said that the Sun produced this solar flare on the 20th of January, and it reached its peak around 1:01 am at EST (11:31 am at IST). Solar flares can disrupt radio communications, energy grids, and navigation signals and pose risks for astronauts and spacecraft. They typically occur in active regions and are characterized by magnetic fields. When these magnetic fields grow, they may get to the point of instability, which can release energy and energy sources in various forms, such as electromagnetic radiation, which we see when solar flares occur. Solar flares are standard in regions of active activity and are usually but not always associated with coronal mass eruptions.
NASA monitors the Sun by using several spacecraft that research all things related to the Sun and its atmosphere and the magnetic and particle fields that surround Earth.
Recently, NASA warned about swirling Sun debris caused by a storm that struck the Earth and caused Aurora (a natural light display that appears in the Earth’s sky). There was also the possibility of slight disturbance for radios and GPS services. However, nothing significant was mentioned at the time. Solar storms aren’t something new and happen in periodic intervals. The time required for solar storms to arrive at Earth depends on the intensity. They can travel at a breakneck speed and reach Earth 15 to 18 hours after the eruption.