An outbreak recorded on the Sun is unlikely to have a noticeable effect on the life of earthlings, but it can be a harbinger of more powerful outbreaks, said RBC senior researcher at the Pulkovo Observatory, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Georgy Goncharov.
Earlier, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the largest solar flare since October 2017. It was an M-class outbreak, which astronomers classify as a medium to large.
According to Goncharov, the solar cycle lasts about 11 years, the maximum solar activity was recorded in 2014.
“And now a new solar cycle is beginning. Until the peak of solar activity for many more years, it is necessary to expect a peak in the year 2025,” the expert explained.
The scientist noted that an outbreak of class X is considered to be the strongest. He added that the phenomenon has attracted attention due to the fact that there have not been noticeable outbreaks of the Sun lately, while the event, according to him, is “interesting, but not outstanding.”