In the photo: a powerful solar flare of the highest class

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But not a record yet.

Yesterday evening, January 9, 2023, an interesting astronomical phenomenon occurred – a flare on the Sun of the highest class X. This was reported by the press services of the Institute of Applied Geophysics of Roshydromet, the Laboratory of Solar X-Ray Astronomy of the Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FIAN) and other institutions of the relevant subject.

Solar X-Ray Astronomy
Solar X-Ray Astronomy

The Institute of Applied Geophysics of Roshydromet reported:

On January 9 at 21:50 Moscow time, in the sunspot group 3184 (on the Sun), an X1.9 flare was recorded in the X-ray range with a duration of 20 minutes.

The US space agency NASA also published images of this flare taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Solar X-Ray Astronomy

As noted in the solar astronomy laboratory of IKI and ISTP, although the event is still not a record, this is the second strongest solar flare in about 5 years, since September 2017. In addition, this is the second flash of the highest score in the first nine days of the coming year occurred on the Sun. 

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