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Sun emits massive solar flare with potential to impact satellite communications: CESSI

The solar unleashed a massive solar flare on Wednesday, which has the potential to impact satellite communications and international positioning methods

The solar unleashed a massive solar flare on Wednesday, which has the potential to impact satellite communications and international positioning methods, the Centre of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI) mentioned.

“The X2.2 class solar flare eruption took place at 3:57 UTC (9.27 IST) from the solar magnetic active region AR12992,” Dibyendu Nandi, Associate Professor and Coordinator of CESSI on the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata instructed PTI.

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Solar flares are highly effective bursts of power that may impact radio communications, electrical energy grids, navigation indicators, and pose dangers to spacecraft and astronauts.

This solar flare is classed as an X-Class which denotes probably the most intense flares, whereas the quantity offers extra details about its energy.

“Strong ionospheric perturbation is ongoing over India, South East Asia and the Asia-Pacific regions. Expected high frequency communication blackouts, satellite anomalies, GPS scintillations, airline communication impacts,” the CESSI mentioned on Twitter.

Nandi mentioned the CESSI had predicted the eruption of an X-Class flare on April 18. He mentioned the scientists at CESSI had been finding out the impact of the flare.

According to NASA, the largest flares are referred to as ‘X-class flares’ primarily based on a classification system that divides solar flares in accordance to their energy. 

The smallest ones are A-class (close to background ranges), adopted by B, C, M and X, it mentioned.

According to NASA, comparable to the Richter scale for earthquakes, every letter represents a 10-fold improve in power output. An X class flare is ten occasions an M class eruption and 100 occasions a C class flare. 

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