written elizabeth howell, on may 2nd, 2022

what: the sun fired off a powerful x-class flare, the strongest our star experiences
when: may 3rd, 2022
where: from new sunspot on emerging edge of sun
who: nasa

interesting fact: “solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation,” nasa tweeted of the event. “harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where gps and communications signals travel”

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