Sun shoots out biggest solar flare in almost two decades, but Earth should be out of the way this time

Source: SFGate

“The sun produced its biggest flare in nearly two decades Tuesday, just days after severe solar storms pummeled Earth and created dazzling northern lights in unaccustomed places. ‘Not done yet!’ the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in an update. It’s the biggest flare of this 11-year solar cycle, which is approaching its peak, according to NOAA. The good news is that Earth should be out of the line of fire this time because the flare erupted on a part of the sun rotating away from Earth. … It follows nearly a week of flares and mass ejections of coronal plasma that threatened to disrupt power and communications on Earth and in orbit.” (05/15/24)