New sunspot group bombards Earth with solar flares – and one blast knocks out radio communications in Europe | Mail Online

New sunspot group bombards Earth with solar flares – and one blast knocks out radio communications in Europe | Mail Online.

Amazing solar flare disrupts communications in Europe and makes you wonder about future eruptions.

Solar Sunspots-Nader Nazemi

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory saw an active region on the sun, labeled AR1515, sent out an M5.3 class solar flare that peaked on Independence Day July 4th, 2012

Makes you wonder what would happen if a large enough flare hits Earth and knocks off all communication satellites

A violent new sunspot is bombarding the Earth with particles from solar flares – including a blast that affected some radio transmissions across Europe.

Solar Flares-Sunspots- Nader Nazemi

This image, captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the M5.3 class solar flare that peaked on July 4, 2012

They are caused by the sun’s magnetic field becoming twisted – and it’s this twisting dynamic that can produce coronal mass ejections.

These contain billions of tons of gases bursting with X-rays and ultraviolet radiationThey are mind-bogglingly hot – around 100,000,000C.

Solar Flares-Sunspots-Nader Nazemi

The chromosphere is a narrow layer above the photosphere that raises in temperature with height. Normally, it can’t be seen by the naked eye because the light from the photosphere of the Sun overpowers it. The coloring of the chromosphere (deep red) is caused by the immense hydrogen supply it contains

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