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A X1.1 solar flare erupted from the sun over the weekend, one of the strongest types of flare our star can produce.

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Cosmic Disasters

Earth faces various dangers from the cosmos, but the primary cosmic threats are asteroid (meteor) impacts, solar flares and cosmic rays.

Space rocks can collide with our planet, causing significant damage and potential extinction-level events. While many asteroids are small and burn up in the atmosphere, larger ones can pose a serious threat to life on Earth. Scientists closely monitor near-Earth objects to assess the risk of impact and develop strategies to mitigate this danger.

Solar flares are another cosmic danger that can impact Earth. These intense bursts of radiation from the Sun can disrupt communication systems, satellites, and power grids on our planet. Solar flares have the potential to cause widespread power outages and disrupt our technology-dependent society. Monitoring solar activity and developing early warning systems are crucial in preparing for and minimizing the impact of these cosmic events.

In addition to asteroid impacts and solar flares, Earth is also vulnerable to cosmic rays. These high-energy particles originate from sources such as supernovae and black holes in outer space. While our atmosphere provides some protection against cosmic rays, astronauts in space and high-altitude travelers are at greater risk of exposure. Long-term exposure to cosmic rays can have harmful effects on human health, including an increased risk of cancer and genetic mutations.

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Solar Cycle 25: What You Need to Know About Solar Activity

Astronomer
November 22, 2023
In unraveling the mysteries of solar flares and exploring the recent sunspot activity, you can better understand the risks associated with coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and discovering how to prepare for these celestial phenomena.

How to be Prepared for a Solar Flare

Survivalist
August 16, 2022
Most people are not aware of when a Solar Flare occurs. The standard solar flare is not seen by the unaided eye of humans, nor is it smart to look at the sun anyways. Despite this, they do happen. Us being on earth and within our atmosphere are generally protected from any harm a Solar Flare can cause. However, other things like power and electronics, may not escape damage.

Rare Meteor Shower Tonight

Astronomer
November 21, 2019
Meteors pass closely to earth all the time. Want evidence, look up, tonight! This evening a rare meteor shower will be visible around 11:15 pm EST.