This morning, astrophysicists detected an extremely powerful x-class solar flare exploding from the sun, only to be astonished by what they saw happen just about an hour later: a second x-class flare.
Image Credit: The first solar flare (left) and the second (right) / NASA - SDO
Just what does two of the utmost strong class of solar flares possible happening in minutes of each other mean? NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center is inquiring too, and study of the two events and what might bond them is now ongoing. What they do know so far, however, is that both flares happened in the same spot on the sun, region 2087, and that the second flare (an X1.5) although still extremely powerful was not quite as strong as the first one, which originated at X2.2.
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