The sun greeted Earthlings with powerful plasma fireworks on February 9, 2024 — the eve of the Chinese New Year

The sun greeted Earthlings with powerful plasma fireworks on February 9, 2024 — the eve of the Chinese New Year

Yesterday, February 9, 2024, a very powerful flare occurred on the Sun, which began at 15:53 ​​Moscow time and reached its maximum at 16:14.

The power of the event was X3.3. This is the second most powerful flare in the current solar cycle. The record explosion on the Sun happened on New Year’s Eve – January 1, 2024. On February 9, the luminary decided to once again congratulate Earthlings with the New Year, this time with the Chinese New Year.

Scientists report that the February event should not affect our planet. According to the updated information, the flash occurred on the far side of the Sun, near the right edge of the visible solar disk. It is noteworthy that the record New Year’s flare on January 1 was also observed on the edge of the Sun only on the left.

The actual power of the event may have been even higher than the level recorded on Earth. Intrusion of proton streams into near-Earth space was also registered.

Almost simultaneously with the strong explosion, there was another one – weaker and in the very center of the solar disk. This led to some confusion, with the world’s data centers broadcasting conflicting information about the location and power of the event.

Image: NASA

The strong flare on February 9, 2024 is the result of a significant burst of solar activity that has been going on for several days. Scientists predict that new outbreaks are possible in the coming days. Calculations show a high probability of geomagnetic disturbances early next week.

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