A significant solar flare exploded from the sun on October 28, according to a NASA report, prompting a “strong geomagnetic storm watch”. The flare pointed out in a video, was an X-1 flare – the strongest classification.

The Sun emitted a significant solar flare peaking at 11:35 a.m. EDT on October 28. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

NASA also predicted major impact of a geomagnetic storm from huge solar flares likely over Americas on October 31 and November 1 where global internet is based. The storm is being called equivalent to the Carrington Event in 1859 when a geomagnetic storm wrecked telegraph communications for days.

“This imagery captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory covers a busy few days of activity between Oct. 25-28 that ended with a significant solar flare. From late afternoon Oct. 25 through mid-morning Oct. 26, an active region on the left limb of the Sun flickered with a series of small flares and petal-like eruptions of solar material,” wrote NASA Goddard.

“Meanwhile, the Sun was sporting more active regions at its lower center, directly facing Earth. On Oct. 28, the biggest of these released a significant flare, which peaked at 11:35 a.m. EDT. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel,” the caption for the video read.

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