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September 22, 2017

Most powerful solar flare in over a decade causes widespread radio blackouts

The Sun released two gigantic solar flares yesterday, the second of which was the strongest registered in over a decade.

The flares were blasted at 5:10 a.m. EDT (0910 GMT), and at 8:02 a.m. EDT (1202 GMT). The massive energy output collided with the Earth’s atmosphere, causing radio blackouts in the high-frequency spectrum for over an hour.

A solar flare is created when the Sun’s magnetic field experiences a disturbance, resulting in the release of high-energy radiation.

Solar flares are regular occurrences, but yesterday’s event was the strongest since 2006.

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