The sun seemed to have become angry. It has released at least 28 solar flares in the past week, and more are likely to be on the way as it nears the highest peak of its 11-year activity rotation, scientists at NASA have stated.
It has been a conspicuously quiet solar maximum so far this period with the sun remaining reasonably calm through this past summer, so this present sun activity is somewhat of a surprise, they added.
The sun has not been active in a number of months, so it is like it has woke up again, explained Holly Gilbert, who is a physicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. For those who analyze the dynamic forces of the sun, this is thrilling because it gives scientists more events to be able to study.
Solar bursts from the sun propel radiation and solar material crashing through space, causing space meteorological conditions that may sometimes affect communication satellites when the trouble reaches the Earth.
Numerous flares come from the sunspot called AR1884. It is an area of the sun that is particularly active which is presently facing toward the Earth, and it is almost right at the middle of the Earth’s star, stated Gilbert.
Sunspots are created when magnetic fields on the sun intermingle and then twist up together.
They become a tangled group of magnetic energy, and when they become too snarled and stressed, they then start erupting.
Around a decade ago, the sun gave both scientists and the general public some of the most remarkable presentations of sun power that have ever been seen. This includes the most powerful solar flare that was ever chronicled on record. Now the sun might be attempting to give the Earth a small reprise of that 2003 sun storm.
Between the dates of Oct. 19 and Nov. 7, 2003, approximately a year from the last solar maximum of that time, a powerful gathering of dynamic sunspots formed on the sun and moved across the sun’s surface that was facing towards Earth. For nearly the next three weeks, 17 major flares exploded from these sunspots, including the one that was listed the strongest ever.
Solar flares have rankings that go from weakest to strongest, rated by letters C, M and X, and also have numbers going from one to nine. On Nov. 4, 2003, was when that strongest flare burst. Its rating was totally off any solar scale. Scientists first put it at X28, but later analysis in fact changed that all the way up to X45, and even that is still in question.
2013 is being more active but nothing is as strong as it was back then. Numerous M-class flares have burst, and a couple of very small X-class happened on Oct. 29.
In 2003, the space weather occurrences put the aurora borealis into major showing, making the ‘northern lights’ show up so far in the southern skies that individuals in the deep south region of the United States got to enjoy the show.
This year, the aurora borealis is also putting on a nice display but it is staying in its usual place in the far north. So the sun may be becoming angry again, but it has been much angrier than this before.
Written by: Kimberly Ruble