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More Earth-ward bound solar flares likely in coming day

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WITH A large sunspot most likely to face Earthwards soon, solar physicists have warned that the Sun may continue to send strong flares during the upcoming days. 

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These flares have the potential to hit telecommunication and satellite-based services over India. 

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On Wednesday, an intense solar flare (X2 class) hit Earth and affected India and large parts of Southeast Asia.  

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Solar flares are massive bursts of electromagnetic radiation emerging from the Sun’s surface.  

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They are usually associated with the Sun’s active regions, like sunspots (the darker areas on the solar surface). Flares can last from a few minutes to some hours. 

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According to physicists at CESSI, there have been two X class and 13 M class (second highest intensity in Watts / m2) solar flares reported since April 15.  

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