Andrei Sadovsky, assistant professor at the HSE Faculty of Physics, on the air of the NSN on Tuesday, June 2, explained the recent solar flare as a new activity cycle.
According to him, specialists expected the outbreak on the Sun on May 29 a long time ago, and it indicates the late start of a new cycle. He noted that the M-class is not the most powerful flash, unlike the X-class.
“If the M-class flares go on increasing from M1 to M10, then the X-class happens to be 20, and 30. Nothing happens with the Earth. So the M-class is a powerful flash, but not so powerful as to threaten something, ”the scientist noted.
Sadovsky stressed that the effect of solar flares on the weather has not been studied, but added that the outbreak can lead to a magnetic storm.
“No one can predict the sun. But, most likely, this is the beginning of a new cycle of activity, and then there will be more outbreaks, more spots. There may be more powerful flashes. There is nothing special about this, every 11 years it all repeats, ”Sadovsky concluded.
The solar cycle lasts about 11 years, the last maximum solar activity was recorded in 2014. The last time a series of powerful solar flares was recorded in September 2017.