Sun Releases Two Powerful Solar Flares

Last week, the Sun emitted two substantial solar flares from a newly identified sunspot called AR3663, causing significant radio blackouts in parts of Australia, Japan, and China. These flares are part of the Sun’s normal 11-year magnetic cycle, where it experiences a polar reversal. The first, an X-class flare, and the second, an M-class flare, both occurred within hours of each other, highlighting the unpredictable nature of solar activity. Solar flares affect Earth by disrupting radio communications, satellite functions, and even power grids through associated coronal mass ejections (CMEs). These events underscore the importance of monitoring solar activity to mitigate potential disruptions in our increasingly technology-dependent world.

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