The most powerful solar flare since December 2006 occurred on the Sun in the last few days. Luckily, the flare will not have grave consequences for the Earth’s magnetic field, Sergei Gaidash, the head of the Space Weather Forecasts Center at the Institute of the Earth’s Magnetism, Ionosphere and Wave Propagation, told RIA Novosti.
According to the scientist, the flare occurred in the western part of the solar disk and was not directed toward the Earth, so the magnetic energy release will not cause a powerful geomagnetic storm on the Earth.
“The situation is not dangerous because the flare cannot cause a serious geomagnetic storm,” Gaidash said.
“However, the flare can cause disruptions in the functioning of space equipment,” he added.