If you are experiencing radio blackouts, sudden ionospheric disturbances, and geomagnetic storms, blame it on the 4th of July fireworks on the Sun.
Chances of an X-flare today are increasing as sunspot AR1515 develops a ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for the most powerful explosions, Space Weather reported.
The sunspot’s magnetic canopy is crackling with almost-X class flares, the strongest so far being an M5-flare at 09:54 UT. Each “crackle” releases more energy than a billion atomic bombs.
The huge sunspot stretches more than 100,000 km (8 Earth-diameters) from end to end.
If any major eruptions do occur today, they will certainly be Earth-directed. The sunspot is directly facing our planet, so it is in position to cause radio blackouts, sudden ionospheric disturbances, and geomagnetic storms, the report said.