Brace for a celestial brushstroke: the Sun unleashed a powerful solar flare yesterday, the largest in six years, casting parts of South America into a temporary radio blackout. While the initial impact remains localized, scientists anticipate a geomagnetic storm reaching Earth.
Around 8:55 PM EST, December 14, 2023, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the impressive eruption, classified as an X1.2-class flare. This denotes a particularly strong event, capable of disrupting radio waves on the planet's sunward side. As expected, parts of South America, facing directly towards the Sun during the blast, experienced radio blackouts and. . .