SOHO captures a powerful solar storm

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released footage taken by SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory). They show a series of recent solar flares.

On the weekend of May 10-12, 2024, the largest geomagnetic storm in recent decades hit our planet. While many inhabitants of the Earth enjoyed the colorful auroras that had traveled far to the south, many spacecraft had a very difficult time under the influence of incredibly strong solar wind and electromagnetic radiation.

Located between the Sun and the Earth, SOHO captured all the events that took place in those days on the Sun. The video published by ESA demonstrated how our luminary spewed out several clouds of particles, which then headed towards the Earth. 

A particularly powerful flare occurred on May 11, which demonstrated an increase in the “noise level” of the video. This is due to an increase in the level of radiation affecting the electronics of the spacecraft.

It is worth noting that the Sun is not visible in the SOHO footage. Because they were made with a LASCO device, which is a coronagraph. This is a telescope with a disk covering the center of view. By blocking direct light from the Sun, LASCO can see light from the surrounding corona. As for the two bright objects to the left and right of it, these are Jupiter and Venus.

You can also read about the record-breaking solar flare that occurred a few days ago.

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