A few days ago, the Sun unleashed a powerful X1.1-class solar flare. It blasted out into space, missing Earth but causing scientists to wonder if it was a prelude of even stronger activity to come.
Apparently, they were right.
Yesterday, at 7:02 p.m. EST, two more X-class flares erupted within hours of each other. The first, an X5.4-class flare, is now the strongest flare we’ve seen in 2012. The second, an X1.3-class flare, arrived about an hour later.
The X5.4-class flare reportedly shot out of sunspot AR1429, the very same region that sent off Sunday’s flare, and is likely to cause an electromagnetic storm around Earth on March 8 and 9.
Will the Sun experience even greater eruptions? Should we be worried?