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Sun unleashes intense X-class flare; active sunspot region rotating towards Earth

• Washington Post
The sun belted out the most powerful type of solar flare Monday night, known as an X-class flare (the weaker flare classes are M-class, medium-sized, and C-class, small-sized). It was the latest in a flurry of 4 flares hurled out by the sun since the weekend.

Fortunately, the X-class flare was not directed at Earth. But space weather forecasters caution the very active sunspot region - known as AR1598 - responsible for these flares is slowly rotating towards Earth in the coming days.


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Comment by Ed Price
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If we can only get some of that "breakthrough solar technology" from

ready on time, we just might be able to capture tremendous amounts of solar energy when those X-class flares are finally directed at earth.

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