Sunspot AR2257 erupted on Jan. 13th, 2015 triggering an M5-class solar flare at 04:24 UT.

A pulse of extreme UV radiation ionized Earth’s upper atmosphere over Australia and the Indian Ocean creating radio blackouts:

M5-class solar flare january 13 2015, solar eruption january 13 2015, Solar Flare and Radio Blackout Over Australia and the Indian Ocean Following Solar Eruption, SOLAR FLARE AND RADIO BLACKOUT january 2015, solar flare create communication blackout in australia

Mariners and ham radio operators have noticed a brief communications blackout at frequencies below about 10 MHz.

It is still unknown if the flare also produced a coronal mass ejection. If so, it would miss Earth because the sunspot is not centered on the solar disk.

Listen to the creepy sound of a strong solar flare!

Follow us: Facebook and Twitter 


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.