Sun fires off largest X flare of the solar cycle

PARABNORMAL NEWS — The Sun continues to fire off massive solar flares. The largest eruption of energy from the sun so far this solar cycle popped off on Tuesday (May 14).

An X8.7 flare was among a series of three X-class flares in 12 hours all coming from Sunspot AR3664 which has been unleashing havoc upon us for more than a week.

Unlike those last week that lit up the skies with the Northern Lights, these flares are not expected to cause the same widespread auroras.

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center says due to its location, any coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with this flare will likely not have any geomagnetic impacts on Earth. However, it is causing radio blackouts with reports coming in from across Australia and Eastern Asia of near complete blackouts.

The 8.7 X flare is the strongest there has been in nearly seven years.

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