Solar flares are considered the most powerful explosive events in our solar system, but there seems to be no end to the terror they cause in our minds.
As the sun is nearing the peak of its 11-year cycle, it will unleash more horrific solar flares in the near future. NASA has also warned that massive solar eruptions are likely to become more frequent as we get closer to the solar maximum, expected in 2025.
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According to researchers, the sun is going through solar cycle 25, which began on December 25. This period means that the sun’s activity will continue to increase until it reaches peak levels during the solar cycle.
NASA’s latest blog also details the solar flare. It reads: “Solar events will continue to increase as we approach solar maximum in 2025, and our lives and technology on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in space.
Notably, every 11 years a new solar cycle begins and dies at the end. During this time, the sun’s nature becomes active and stormy and then it becomes relatively calm, so that a new solar cycle begins.
The frequent solar storms are caused by the new solar cycle 25, which releases coronal mass ejections (CME) to Earth. The CME leads to geomagnetic storms on Earth and affects all electrical infrastructure here. Consequently, these storms can affect everything from the Internet to power. They are also capable of destroying satellites.
According to NASA, “huge solar eruptions called coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are likely to become more frequent as we approach the peak of the sun’s 11-year activity cycle – called the solar maximum – in 2025”.
The space agency also shared a video to show many CMEs after the recent solar flare.
If the frequency of solar flares increases, they can affect radio communications and navigation signals on Earth and can also endanger the lives of astronauts.