Strong radio blackout expected, airlines comms likely to be hit over India as Sun explodes fresh flares

According to the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India, X class flare has been detected by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on board Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft. Meanwhile, a Type II radio sweep was also detected by the US Air Force Radio Solar Telescope Network, confirming the development.

“Strong ionospheric perturbation is ongoing over India, South East Asia, and the Asia-Pacific regions. Expected high-frequency communication blackouts, satellite anomalies, GPS scintillations, airline communication impacts,” CESSI, the body under the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research said.

The body had initially predicted the chances of M/X class flare from the solar magnetic region AR12992/12993/12994 stating “Chances of severe flare induced ionospheric perturbations exist over the next week.”© Provided by India TodayStrong radio blackout expected, airlines comms likely to be hit over India as Sun explodes fresh flaresStrong ionospheric perturbation is ongoing over India, South East Asia and the Asia-Pacific regions. (Photo: SWPC)

Strong radio blackout expected, airlines comms likely to be hit over India as Sun explodes fresh flares

The Space Weather Prediction Center under US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has also released details of the development saying that the radio signatures picked up by the Radio Solar Telescope Network are indicative of a potential coronal mass ejection (CME).

“SWPC forecasters are waiting for available coronagraph imagery from the NASA/SOHO LASCO instrument to confirm if a CME took place, and if so, analyze accordingly. However, as the source region of the flare was beyond the southwest limb, initial analysis suggests any CME is unlikely to have an Earth-directed component,” it said in an alert.

The latest flare was released by the Sun at a staggering speed of 58,68,000 kilometers per hour.

A previous X class flare from the Sun had caused a strong shortwave radio blackout over southeast Asia and Australia. The X1 class flare was accompanied by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from a cluster of active sunspots that have produced significant flaring prior to appearing on the eastern limb of the Sun. The flare originated from Regions 2994 and 2993 and caused a brief radio blackout and was classified as a Type II solar radio burst.

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