Solar storm returns in new avatar: sunspot sparks record-breaking geomagnetic storm

By Jurassic JennJun 28, 2024 11:37 AMGeomagnetic Storm
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Solar storm returns in new avatar: sunspot sparks record-breaking geomagnetic storm
Solar storm returns in new avatar: sunspot sparks record-breaking geomagnetic storm. Source: www.indiatoday.in

The Sunspot responsible for a record-breaking Geomagnetic storm in May has once again made its presence known, and it continues to wield significant power. This particular Sunspot caused a powerful G5 level storm that resulted in mesmerizing auroras seen across a large portion of the world. This was reported by SSPDaily.

Although the Sunspot has returned, it has taken on a different appearance. Initially labeled as AR3664 in May, it resurfaced as AR3697 for its second appearance. Now, appearing for the third time, it has transformed into AR3723. Despite the name change, this Sunspot's raw power and explosive tendencies remain unchanged. Its return was marked by an immense M9.3 class solar flare on June 23, indicating its unstoppable energy. The altering numeration of names is due to the challenge of tracking a Sunspot once it disappears from our view behind the Sun.

Fortunately, the region has deteriorated significantly. Although it remains active, researchers predict that it is unlikely to generate incredibly powerful solar flares as it did in the past. The recent solar flare on June 23 narrowly missed classification as an X-class flare, providing evidence of its declining intensity. Keith Strong, a solar physicist, emphasized this point in a post stating that due to its geographical position, the Sunspot's impact on Earth is expected to be minimal.

However, even without achieving X-class flare status, the solar storm has still affected Earth and disrupted human activities. It caused disturbances in short wave radio communications across Europe and Africa. While auroras were not observed at this time, there is still hope for the future. The rejuvenated Sunspot still possesses considerable power and shows no signs of quieting down. Aurora enthusiasts eagerly anticipate its continued activity and potential for providing another memorable spectacle.

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