A tiny flare of light and heat has created the biggest solar storm on record, according to a new study.
The flare is the largest ever seen on the sun, with scientists calling it a “supernova” that occurred in the last decade of the 20th century.
The team of scientists studying the flare also found it may have been caused by a supernovae explosion.
“There’s been a lot of speculation, and I think there is a lot to be said for that, that maybe a supernova explosion is what triggered this flare,” said co-author of the paper David McKeown, a research professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
The researchers analyzed data from more than 5,500 solar flares that have occurred on Earth since the year 2000.
The first supernova occurred in 1997 and was the largest flare ever recorded.
The researchers looked at the flare’s trajectory, where it hit the sun and its path through space.
They found that the flare originated about 2,000 light-years from Earth, with the flare lasting for about 11 minutes.
That makes the flare the largest recorded supernova in terms of light output.
“That’s a huge number.
If you think about the total number of light photons that hit the Sun, it’s in the order of a million million light photons.
And that’s the equivalent of the sun’s total energy output in a year,” said McKe, who is also the director of the Solar Dynamics Laboratory.”
It’s pretty remarkable.”
McKe described the flare as a “massive shock wave” that knocked out the magnetic fields that hold the sun in place.
It also generated the largest magnetic storm ever observed.
The magnetic field was strong enough to trap and capture electrons and protons in space, according the researchers.
“If you had a bunch of them trapped in space it would be really hard to get them out,” McKe said.
But there’s a catch.
The magnetic storm would be too large for the sun to have been ejected, and the supernova would then have a very short lifespan.
“This event was so massive that it’s likely to be the longest time in our solar system,” Mcke said.
“If it’s the last, it will be the first.
If it’s not the last it’s probably the second.
So the probability that we see another supernova, I think that’s a pretty good bet.”
What caused the flare?
The flare occurred as part of a supermoon, when the sun is fully eclipsed by the moon, said McKe.
It’s a time when the magnetic field from the sun could be strong enough that the magnetic poles of the Earth and moon could become unstable.
This could have been a superstorm or an explosion, the researchers said.
The new research suggests that the supermoon was not the cause of the flare, but instead the sun that created it.
This could explain why there have been so many supermoon cycles in recent years, and why there has been a surge in the amount of solar flares in recent decades, said study co-leader James Buesseler, a professor of astrophysics at Princeton University.
“The solar wind is the source of the solar wind and the magnetic storm,” Bueszeler said.
“When the magnetic storms are there, you get a lot more magnetic fields.
And the solar winds are the source that creates the magnetic flux, so you get lots of storms that are very energetic and have an impact on the magnetic environment.”
While there’s no definite reason why the flare happened, McKe explained that the sun was in a magnetic storm.
“We see the magnetic cycle and it’s kind of like a tornado that is spinning around,” he said.
That’s the main reason why supermoon days occur during the summer.
During the day, the sun gets a chance to shine and the solar magnetic field is strong enough for it to hit the Earth’s magnetic poles.
But the sun isn’t in a super moon, so it’s getting the solar fields strong enough so it can hit the earth’s magnetic field.
“So the sun would be in a really bad position,” McKE said.
McKe said the researchers are now working to understand the superstorm’s impact on Earth.
They are also studying the solar flares from the past that could be related to the super storm.
If there’s any way to explain the flare or the solar storms, it could help us better understand the formation of the planets, said coauthor of a paper on the flare Jason Haus, a planetary scientist at the National Science Foundation.
“One of the things that’s going to help us with this is understanding what’s driving the solar activity that we’ve seen, because we’ve got a lot going on in the solar system that we’re not seeing from the surface,” Haus said.
A supermoon could also help scientists