The sun fires a huge solar flare from a new sunspot coming into view

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

The solar flare peaked at 9:25 a.m. EDT (1325 GMT) and was captured in images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, the agency tweeted. No specific guidance on effects on Earth was discussed, but the auroras are unlikely to be amplified as this event took place in the sun’s lower left extremity.

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