Large solar flare blasts toward Earth, causing radio blackouts

The sun launched a strong X-class flare toward EarthApril 20, 2022. (Image credit: NASA/SDO)

Aurora watchers, it’s your lucky month.

For the second time in days, the sun hurled a large, X-class flare at Earth overnight Tuesday (April 19) and Wednesday (April 20), reportedly causing radio blackouts in Australia, the Western Pacific and eastern Asia. SpaceWeather.com reports 19 flares overall, including five medium-class explosions.

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