‘Dangerous’Solar Flare Pointing At Earth

This week, the giant sunspot on the sun's surface has been unnervingly calm, which has some astronomers concerned that a massive solar outburst may be developing.

Dr. Tony Phillips, a retired astronomer with NASA, asks on SpaceWeather.com, "Could it be the quiet before the storm?

The AR3089 sunspot has been quiet, but that doesn't mean it's going away.

. It has instead "built a delta-class magnetic field that stores energy for X-class solar flares," according to Phillips.

Although it is the strongest class of flare, the X-class has a lot of variance.

which, at its most extreme, can generate as much energy as a trillion hydrogen bombs.

Fortunately, the Earth's magnetosphere's powerful output spares us any biological damage.

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