Solar flare with the energy of a billion hydrogen bombs lights up British skies

Dr Aaron Reid, from Queen’s University Belfast’s Astrophysics Research Centre, said: “The sun is currently in what we call solar minimum. The number of Active Regions, where flares occur, is low, so to have X-class flares so close together is very usual. These observations can tell us how and why these flares formed so we can better predict them in the future.”

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