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Sun releases strongest solar flare in almost 2 months

Washington, Oct. 11 : The sun recently released the most powerful solar flare in nearly two months, which resulted in a small geomagnetic storm, as charged particles from the sun passed by Earth.


According to forecasters at the Space Weather Prediction Center, the sun unleashed the moderate M2.8-class solar flare at 9:48 pm EDT (0148 GMT on Oct. 9).

Tuesday's eruption, which was the strongest in months due to the sun's oddly quiet activity, comes under M-class flares that are generally considered to be mid-range solar storms, Fox News reported.

Officials at the Center said in an update that the G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storm has weakened, but another wave of geomagnetic activity could follow in the next few hours.

The M-class flare erupted from a sunspot region called AR1865, which will be turning to face Earth for the next 11 days or so, according to Spaceweather.com.

--ANI (Posted on 12-10-2013)

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