NASA has confirmed that a powerful solar flare hit Earth on Monday, disrupting GPS and radio signals.
A solar flare is an intense burst of energy from the sun escaping its volatile atmosphere.
Experts say such bursts can cause problems with radio communications, power grids and navigational signals.
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According to NASA, the eruption was emitted by the sun at 7:25 a.m. (AEST) on Monday.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (NSDO), which tracks the Sun’s activity, said isolated radio blackouts were observed after the burst of electromagnetic radiation.
“This flare is classified as an X1 flare,” NASA said.
“X Class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about their strength.”
Powerful solar storms and flares can wreak havoc on our planet’s magnetic field, experts say, disrupting power grids and communication networks.
“Harmful radiation from a flare cannot penetrate Earth’s atmosphere and physically affect people on the ground,” NASA said.
“However, if they are intense enough, they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals propagate.”
The NSDO also captured an incredible image of the rare event.
“The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and is colored orange,” NASA said in a statement alongside the image.
https://7news.com.au/technology/space/nasa-releases-alert-after-strong-solar-flare-sparks-radio-blackouts-c-8452830 Nasa Observatory: Nasa issues warning after ‘powerful solar flare’ sparks radio blackouts