Experts classify eruptions according to an alphabetical system: Cs storms are relatively weak, Ms are medium, and X-class is the strongest. Such was registered on Thursday.
After Oct. 11, another Class X1, or stronger, solar flare was detected by the U.S. Space Forecasting Center (SWPC) on Thursday, Oct. 28, Space.com reported.
The first wave of the phenomenon caused radio wave interference in South America that day. The charged particles arriving with the second wave could reach our planet for a few days around Saturday / Sunday, mainly in the form of a geomagnetic storm.
This promises to be G3 on a five-point scale, experts say .
If such events are directed directly at Earth, they may interfere with radio and satellite communications and amplify polar light.
More vigorous eruptions can eject charged particles at speeds of 1 million kilometers/hour, which usually reach Earth in a few days.
Experts classify eruptions according to an alphabetical system: Cs storms are relatively weak, Ms are medium, and X-class is the strongest. Such was also registered on Thursday.
A stronger solar flare could even cause problems on Earth. Such was the case of the Carrington event of 1859, which silenced the telegraph lines between Europe and the United States.
The Sun is now at its 25th cycle of solar activity, which began in December 2019. Solar activity changes its strength in 11-year cycles.