Sunspot outbursts likely to trigger more radio blackouts and auroras in coming days

The sun is waking up and we are experiencing the effects on Earth as disruptive radio blackouts and stunning aurora displays.

The “magnetically complex” sunspot called 2975 has spurted out about 20 solar flares over the past days including an X-class flare that blasted from the sun at 1:37 pm EDT (0537 GMT) on Wednesday (March 30). X-class flares are the most energetic type of solar flares that eject a large amount of charged particles into the surrounding space. These energized clouds travel very fast and can reach earth within minutes.

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