- A giant solar flare erupted from the sun on Monday that reached Earth today
- Reports showed that blackouts occurred near Australia and South Asia
- READ MORE: The sun erupted with its most powerful solar flare in 6 years
An explosion on the sun released a massive plume of energized particles soaring 900,000mph through space that triggered blackouts in Australia and South Asia.
Reports surfaced Tuesday morning that noted ham radio operators and mariners had been disrupted around the two targets.
The long-duration flare was released Monday at 8:30pm ET and the solar storm reached our planet today shortly after 10am ET.
NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center shows there is a 45 percent chance of more communication disruptions in the coming days.
An explosion on the sun released a massive plume of energized particles soaring 900,000mph through space that triggered blackouts in Australia and South Asia
Physicists noted that the explosion was an M-class flare, which can cause small (R1) to moderate (R2) radio blackouts on the daylight side of the Earth.
The alert is largely for frequencies used by aviation communication, government time stations, weather stations, amateur radio and citizens band services, among other uses.
Physicist Dr Tamitha Skov told DailyMail.com in January: ‘Those who [are typically] impacted are people who rely on GPS/GNSS services, especially at high latitudes, as well as precision farmers and anyone using UAVs for reconnaissance, search and rescue, or aerial photography
Strong M-class flares, like what was observed Monday, can launch a coronal mass ejection (CEM), which are large clouds of plasma and magnetic field that erupt from the sun.
The ejection contains billions of tons of corona material from the sun’s surface.
CEMs can produce a geomagnetic storm that temporarily disrupts Earth’s magnetosphere and orbiting satellites by a solar wind shock wave.
Reports surfaced on Tuesday morning that ham radio operators and mariners had been disrupted around the two targets
Keith Strong, a solar physicist, shared on X that the CME may impact Earth, ‘but the region is a long way south on the sun so could pass under us’
Keith Strong, a solar physicist, shared on X that the CME may impact Earth, ‘but the region is a long way south on the sun so could pass under us.’
Predictions from EarthSky showed that over the next 24 hours there is a 99 percent chance for C flares, a 60 percent chance for M flares, and a 25% chance for X flares.
C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences on Earth, while are major events that can trigger radio blackouts around the whole world and long-lasting radiation storms in the upper atmosphere.
The unstable sunspot was identified as AR3575, which delivered the M flare toward Earth.
However region AR3576 is also moving toward our planet and is so large, NASA’s Mars rover spotted it last week.
NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center shows there is a 45 percent chance of more communication disruptions in the coming days
The sun’s fury caused blackouts on Earth less than one month ago.
Data showed the incident occurred around 4:20pm ET in the waters off the coast of the western US and South America – but it lasted for a just few seconds.
The poles were also impacted by the powerful stream of energized particles, with the outage lasting for about seven hours.
The radio waves (called ‘radio bursts’) are what impact our reception to satellite signals like GPS and even HF radio communications,’ Skov told DailyMail.com when the blackout happened on January 24.
‘It is like the Sun is literally screaming at us during a solar flare.
‘This ‘scream’ is much louder than our satellites can ‘chirp’ and so it drowns out the satellite signals temporarily.
‘That being said, the sun doesn’t always scream at the exact frequencies that affect GPS signals.’