There has been a mid-level solar flare on the surface of the sun, classified as an M5.2 flare.  The flare was picked up by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite, as seen in the image above.

The event started at 11:57 pm EST last night and peaking about three minutes later.  It is not expected to be harmful to humans or to electronics, however, it could affect satellite communications slightly over the next couple of days.

According to NASA, solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. 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.

Read more at NOAA’s SPACE WEATHER PREDICTION center.

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