A solar flare is an explosion on the surface of the sun. Such an explosion occurs when the energy is suddenly released that is held in the magnetic fields of the star.
On Tuesday, the sunspot called AR3006 exploded. The explosion was classified by NASA in the X class, or the heaviest category. Such solar flares can cause radio communications and power plants to go down.
According to the website spaceweather.com, Tuesday’s outburst caused shortwave radio interference in areas around the Atlantic Ocean. Radio broadcasts operating on frequencies below 30 MHz suffered interference for more than an hour after the solar flare.
Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured the explosion on the sun. This space probe of the American space agency NASA has been continuously monitoring the activity of the star since 2010.