Tags: x1 | solar | flare | blast | earth | radiation

X1 Solar Flare Over the Weekend Blasted the Earth With Radiation

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 09:15 AM

By Michael Mullins

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
An X1 solar flare was released by the sun on Saturday, blasting the Earth with a powerful electromagnetic wave of radiation that caused a temporary radio blackout across the Blue Planet that lasted for several minutes, according to space weather experts.

The X-class solar flare occurred at approximately 1:48 p.m. EST Saturday, Discovery News reported.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Though we're shielded by our atmosphere from the radiation given off by solar flares, if the flares had been pointed directly at the Earth, the ionizing X-ray and extreme ultraviolet radiation produced could have posed a potential threat to astronauts, satellites and other spacecraft in orbit, Space.com reported.


"Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation," Karen Fox of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center wrote in a statement. "Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel."

In addition to temporarily blacking out radio signals, the X1 solar flare also produced new radio signals of its own, according to astronomer Tony Phillips.

"The explosion above sunspot AR2017 sent shock waves racing through the sun's atmosphere at speeds as high as 4800 km/s (11 million mph)," Phillips wrote on Spaceweather.com. "Radio emissions stimulated by those shocks crossed the 93 million mile divide to Earth, causing shortwave radio receivers to roar with static."

According to Phillips, a minor geomagnetic storm could come about on Wednesday due to Saturday's solar flare and several recent eruptions of super-hot solar plasma on the sun's surface. The minor geomagnetic storms, however, will have little to no effect on the Earth.

The sun is in an active phase of its 11-year solar cycle, Space.com reported, noting that X-class flares were observed both at the beginning of January and in February as well.





Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved