Using a myriad of observatories across the world, NASA captured the explosion in unprecedented detail. The information obtained by the space agency could lead to a better understanding of what induces these eruptions and how scientists can better anticipate the likelihood of radio blackouts on Earth.
These solar flares occur when clouds of plasma are released by the sun into space at a speed of more than one million miles per hour. Therefore, their effects can cause significant damage if they reach Earth, disrupting the planet’s magnetic fields. At the moment, there are few devices that monitor solar activity directly.
Now, by combining data from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), astronomers in the future may determine the most efficient way to orchestrate testing and predicting their occurrence.