Solar flares can lead to geomagnetic storms and interfere with instrumentation. Vladimir Pinaev, Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental Safety and Product Quality Management, Institute of Ecology of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, told Izvestia about this on March 6.
Earlier in the day, it became known that a super-powerful flare occurred on the Sun on March 3. The flash received the designation by strength as X2.1, which means special intensity.
“A solar flare is the process of releasing energy in the atmosphere of the Sun (explosion). Solar flares are often, but not always, accompanied by a coronal mass ejection, material from the stellar corona. Solar flares occur constantly and vary in their power. Powerful flares on the Sun have already happened before and they were recorded,” the ecologist noted.
He clarified that scientists associate such outbreaks with geomagnetic storms, which can affect the well-being of people who are sensitive to these phenomena.
“They can also interfere with the operation of devices, but it was precisely the disabling of devices en masse from solar flares and subsequent geomagnetic storms that were not observed,” Pinaev added.
On March 6, footage of an explosion that occurred on the Sun appeared on the network. It was clarified that due to fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic field, the inhabitants of North and South America were left without shortwave radio broadcasting for several hours.
In January, a powerful flare of the highest class X was also recorded on the Sun. It was preceded by several flares of low power.
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