Scientists capture largest solar flare in 12 years, compare its radiation to a billion hydrogen bombs

Scientists capture largest solar flare in 12 years, compare its radiation to a billion hydrogen bombs

- Scientists capture rare moment a massive solar flare erupts from the sun

- They have described this solar flare as the largest ever observed in over 12 years

- They compare its radiation from the sun to a billion hydrogen bombs

Fresh breakthrough has scientists capture eruption of what they consider to be the largest solar flare in over 12 years.

The extremely rare moment was captured through Swedish Solar Telescope in La Palma, during which the scientists also observed other spectacular activities going on in the solar system.

The massive solar flare, according to the scientists from Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Center, was one of three major events that are generally referred to as X-category flares.

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Scientists capture eruption of the largest solar flare in 12 years, compare its radiation to a billion hydrogen bombs

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M8.1 solar flare, as seen in the bright area on the right, on Sept. 8, 2017.Photo:NASA.

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“It’s very rare to observe the opening minutes of the flare’s life. We can only observe about 1/250th of the solar surface at any given time using the Swedish Solar Telescope,” says Dr Chris Nelson.

“It’s very rare to observe the opening minutes of the flare’s life. We can only observe about 1/250th of the solar surfa ce at any given time using the Swedish Solar Telescope,” says Dr Chris Nelson.

Scientists capture eruption of the largest solar flare in 12 years, compare its radiation to a billion hydrogen bombs

The biggest solar flare seen for 12 years erupted from the sun last week, causing radio blackouts on Earth.Photo: Nasa.

The scientists have compared the radiation generated by the massive solar flare, which occurred over the course of 48 hours, to a billion hydrogen bombs.

Scientists capture eruption of the largest solar flare in 12 years, compare its radiation to a billion hydrogen bombs

During larger solar flares, the sun can also fire out a cloud of energetic plasma in an event called a coronal mass ejection (CME). Photo: Nasa.

For more, watch the stunning video below:

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