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A solar flare happening on Halloween could show the Northern Lights and impact the power grid

A solar flare was launched from the sun Thursday. It’s the strongest storm seen this weather cycle and may impact Halloweekend.

The image of the event was taken by NASA at 11:35 a.m. Thursday.

There have been temporary radio blackouts in South America because of it.


The flare has been classified as an X1 by NASA.

The smallest flares are labeled A Class and the largest are labeled X Class. Numbers measure intensity, so although this one is a 1, it’s still a significant X Class.

The flare is supposed to hit the earth’s atmosphere sometime this weekend.


While it may cause radio signal disruptions, they are expected to be temporary. A flare also cannot harm humans or living things on earth.

The most recent disruptive flare was in 1989 when Quebec lost power for 9 hours.

Right now the sun is beginning a new 11 year solar cycle, so normally flares can become intense or extreme at times.

The events will peak by 2025.

Related: NOAA issues warning for solar storm, Northern Lights could be seen as low as New York



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