A major solar flare erupted from the Sun yesterday in the strongest storm seen in the current weather cycle. It fired off what is known as an X1-class solar flare, the most powerful of its kind, that peaked at 3:30 pm, according to reports.
When these enter the atmosphere where satellites lie, power outages and widespread communications failures are a significant worry.
It has already wreaked some havoc, causing a temporary but strong radio blackout on the sun-lit section of South America.
Space weather forecaster the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that the R3 (Strong radio blackout) event took place as a result of an “impulsive flare”. that “appeared to have coronal mass ejection (CME) related signatures”.