Sun fires off huge solar flare from new sunspot coming into view

The active sun fired off a powerful X-class flare, the strongest our star experiences, on Tuesday (May 3), but not in the direction of Earth.

The solar flare peaked at 9:25 am EDT (1325 GMT) and was caught in footage from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, the agency tweeted. No specific guidance about the effects on Earth was discussed, but it is unlikely that auroras will be amplified as this event took place on the lower left limb of the sun.

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