NASA shares pictures of two big explosions on Sun, view of solar flare seen

During this period flares come out from the Sun. Its effect is visible on the earth as well and beautiful illumination is seen in the sky. However, the most powerful solar storm hit the Earth in 1859.

Bhoomi Goyal
Published on: 12 May 2024 3:42 PM GMT
NASA shares pictures of two big explosions on Sun, view of solar flare seen
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NASA has recorded two explosions on the surface of the Sun on Friday and Saturday. During this time, solar flares also emerged from the Sun. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this scene. NASA said in a statement that on May 10-11, 2024, two flares came from the Sun. They peaked on May 10, at 9:23 pm, EDT, and on May 11, at 7:44 am, EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the events. Which are classified as X5.8 and X1.5 category flares. NASA posted these pictures on X.

Actually the North and South Poles of the Sun change their places. Which takes 11 years to switch again. During this period flares come out from the Sun. Its effect is visible on the earth as well and beautiful illumination is seen in the sky. However, the most powerful solar storm hit the Earth in 1859. It was named the Carrington Event. Due to this storm the communication lines were completely damaged.

When magnetic energy is released from the Sun, the light and particles emanating from it take the form of solar flares. Flares are the most powerful explosions ever recorded in our solar system, releasing energy comparable to billions of hydrogen bombs. The energetic particles present in them travel at the speed of light.

If the direction of the solar flare is towards the Earth, it can cause geomagnetic disturbances. Due to this, short circuit may occur in satellites and the power grid may be affected. If the impact is severe, it can also put astronauts in Earth's orbit in danger.

Due to solar magnetic storms moving from the Sun towards the Earth, the sky in 'Henley Dark Sky Reserve' of Ladakh became illuminated with a deep red glow. According to scientists at the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences in India (CESSI), Kolkata, solar storms originate from the AR13664 region of the Sun, where many high-energy solar flares have originated in the past. According to scientists, some of them moved towards the Earth at a speed of 800 kilometers per second.

The sky in the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere was lit up with spectacular aurora or 'Northern Lights', photos and videos of which were shared on social media by 'skywatchers' in Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, Denmark and Poland.

In Ladakh, astronomers at the 'Henley Dark Sky Reserve' observed a red glow on the north-western horizon in the sky from around 1 am on Friday night which continued till dawn.

Stanzin Norla, engineer at Henley Dark Sky Reserve, said: 'We were lucky to see aurora activity on our all-sky camera during routine binocular observations.'

He said that a faint red glow was visible along the horizon even without the help of any instrument and the incident was photographed with a DSLR camera installed in the 'Hanle Dark Sky Reserve'.

"It was visible in the sky from about 1 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.," Stanzin said. He said the horizon turned red and then turned pink.

Dibyendu Nandi, head of CESSI at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, said such astronomical events are rare in Henley because it is located in the far south.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is calling it an unusual phenomenon and has said that the flames appear to be connected to a point on the Sun that is 16 times larger than the Earth's diameter.

Bhoomi Goyal

Bhoomi Goyal

English Content Writer in Newstrack from Jaipur, Rajasthan. (Education, Business, Technology, Political, Sports, Lifestyle, Crime and Webstories)

My self Bhoomi Goyal from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I have passed my Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication this year. I worked in Rajasthan Patrika for six months as an intern. I am working here from June 1st. I passed my graduation in BCA from Rajasthan University and master's in journalism and mass communication from Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur.

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