written by elizabeth howell, on april 19th, 2022

what: For the second time in days, the sun hurled a large, X-class flare at Earth
when: April 19-20, 2022
how: Generated from sunspot AR2992
why: We didn’t get the full brunt of the storm as the sunspot was on the extreme edge of the sun during the eruption.
where: It caused radio blackouts in Australia, the Western Pacific and eastern Asia.

interesting fact: there’s likely more action in store, too. imagery from nasa’s solar dynamics observatory shows the large sunspot group ar2993-94, ready to rotate into firing range of earth.

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