It has been reported by NASA on Tuesday that their cameras captured two solar flares’ eruptions, emitting large amounts of radiation which should arrive at Earth by Friday the 13th. Although solar flares are consistently erupting on the Sun, the space agency has deemed the two recent flares ‘significant’ in the sense they may possibly disrupt high-frequency radio communication here on Earth. NASA scientists have predicted the solar flare storm is expected to make contact with the Earth’s atmosphere on Friday the 13th, leading some skeptics to believe the solar flares may have a bigger impact then just disrupting some of our radio waves.
Followed by the Tuesday reporting of two large solar flares, which knocked out radio communications on the side of the Earth facing the sun for several hours, another major solar storm was reported Wednesday around 3:00 a.m. pacific time. The X1 solar flare was reported by the space agency to have erupted at Region 2087, located at the southeast quadrant of the sun’s disk, the exact region of Tuesday’s pair of powerful solar storms. NASA was able to capture and confirm this date with their space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory.
NASA reports Wednesday’s solar flares may have radiation scheduled to hit Earth on Friday, after Tuesday’s solar storms temporarily caused a black-out on Earth’s radio communications. Space Agency officials and the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center located in Boulder, Colorado, have answered the speculation of Wednesday’s blasts harboring coronal mass ejections (CME), or a burst of extremely high temperature plasma emitted from the sun during the solar flare storms. An initial inspection from NASA and its Colorado team concluded that the solar flare storms were not associated with CME. Further investigations, however, led to the discovery that the first solar flare conjured a small CME, and the second combined with another CME. A CME erupts as plasma and intensely high charged particles leap off the surface of the sun into space, creating a cloud harboring an immensely powerful storm. Coronal mass ejections can seriously damage communication systems, potentially knocking out power grids here on Earth.
The CME storm is expected to hit Earth on Friday the 13th, landing a blow to our systems and even possibly leading to a geomagnetic storm. With the recent activity from the sun, NASA experts have announced they believe the sun is in its maximum activity, after initially believing the sun had hit its solar max in 2013. Although it has been reported by NASA and their team of scientists that the solar flare storms of late are connected to plasma radiation, the solar max has been reported as still being relatively weak and innocuous compared to other solar maximums on record, which revolve around an 11-year cycle dubbed the solar cycle.
As NASA reports solar flare radiation is scheduled to hit Earth Friday the 13th, NASA scientist have tried to assure earthlings the storms most likely possess no real danger to the planet. We may, however, experience a small amount of black outs, after which we can expect everything to be fine.
Opinion by Zane Foley