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"Biggest solar flare ever recorded"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3242353.stm

Maybe there's another chance for the cloud-afflicted among us to catch this aurora, then. According to that article, though, most of it's not headed our way.

It was so energetic that it overloaded the detectors on satellites monitoring the Sun's surface . . . Powerful solar flares are given an "X" designation. There was an X8 and an X3 event on Sunday. On Monday, there was an X3 flare followed by smaller ones. Last week there were X7 and X10 events that took place back-to-back.

Tuesday's flare went off the scale, researchers say it was "well above X20".

This would make it the most powerful ever recorded, surpassing the X20 flares of 2 April 2001 and 16 August 1989.
Re: Strictly for hippies then
Ouch.

I'm sure there's a way to ban comments like that . . .
So does this mean the sun's exploding and we're all going to die?

Or have I been listening to too much Killing Joke?
Or have I been listening to too much Killing Joke?

No, the sun's exploding and we're all going to die.