On the heels of its magnificent total eclipse last month, yesterday it produced the biggest Solar flare recorded in the last 12 years.
Radio blackouts and shocks of radiation sound kinda scary, and previous Solar Flares have caused problems like transformer explosions and widespread mobile-phone outages.
According to NASA, it’s a sudden and intense flash of brightness that occurs when magnetic energy built up in the solar atmosphere is released.
People on airplanes flying at high altitudes over the poles might be at increased risk for some of this radiation, Gary continues, and he says that occasionally, flight routes are changed during periods of unusual solar activity to protect against this.
The authors suggest that geomagnetic storm warnings be announced along with weather reports, and that doctors and patients should pay closer attention to controlling conventional risk factors for stroke during the days leading up to these types of solar events.
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