The solar flare that occurred yesterday is the most powerful in almost a decade

The Mexico Space Weather Service, of the Institute of Geophysics, and the National Space Weather Laboratory, both of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), reported yesterday about a new solar flare.

The active region AR3664 produced a solar flare (category X8.79) at 10:51 a.m. Mexico City time. It was the most powerful of the current cycle. Impacts on the ionosphere over the country are expected.

Likewise, the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that that region has generated the strongest geomagnetic storm in almost 10 years. It was classified as an X8.7 event. The organization highlighted that eruptions of this magnitude are not frequent.

On the scale to measure solar activity, the prefix X is the indicator used for the most intense events, and the number refers to the strength of the flare.

The organization highlighted that this new eruption demonstrates that the activity of sunspot region 3664, 17 times larger than Earth, has not stopped.

According to NASA, sunspots are colder areas than other parts of the star, which is why they look darker. They form in areas where magnetic fields are strong and prevent some of the Sun’s heat from reaching the surface.

By Editor

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