The Sun emitted a moderate solar flare on May 4, 2022, peaking at 5:00 a.m. ET. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
Solar flares are powerful bursts of energy. Flares and solar eruptions can impact radio communications, electric power grids, navigation signals, and pose risks to spacecraft and astronauts.
This flare is classified as an M-class flare. M-class flares are a class below the most intense flares, the X-class flares.
NASA's SDO sees sun release strong solar flare Provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Citation: Sun releases moderate solar flare (2022, May 4) retrieved 4 May 2022 from https://phys.org/news/2022-05-sun-moderate-solar-flare.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 19 shares