A huge solar flare erupts on the sun from an “overactive” sunspot

A huge solar flare erupts on the sun from an “overactive” sunspot

A huge solar flare erupts on the sun from an “overactive” sunspot

A massive explosion on the Sun has unleashed a powerful solar flare from Monday’s new sunspot (January 9), which is slowly rotating towards Earth.

The solar flare erupted at 1:50 p.m. EST (1850 GMT) as an X1.9-class solar storm that caused a temporary but severe radio blackout in parts of South America, Central America and the Pacific Ocean, according to a statement (opens in a new tab) from the US Space Weather Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. X-class flares are the strongest types of solar storms. Monday’s flare came from the same sunspot that fired the X1.2-class solar flare on January 5, NOAA said.

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