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Huge X1 solar flare erupts on Sun, scientists worried about possible blackout on Earth

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event. 

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Flares and solar eruptions can impact radio communications, electric power grids, navigation signals, and pose risks to spacecraft and astronauts. 

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This flare is classified as an X-Class flare. X-class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength. 

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An X2 is twice as intense as an X1, an X3 is three times as intense, etc. More info on how flares are classified can be found here. 

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To see how such space weather may affect Earth, please visit NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, the U.S. government’s official source for space weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and alerts 

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NASA works as a research arm of the nation’s space weather effort.  

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