Dena Ventrudo is the Assistant Editor & Photographer of Merlian News. She is a published poet and creative writer, most recently published in “Trails Through The Greenbelt” by Jack M. Freedman. Dena has a BA in Liberal Studies from SUNY Purchase College but also spent time there as a Dramatic Writing, Literature and Women’s Studies major.
What Is A Solar Flare?
According to Wikipedia, “A solar flare is a sudden brightening observed over the Sun surface or the solar limb, which is interpreted as a large energy release… (about a sixth of the total energy output of the Sun each second). The flare ejects clouds of electrons, ions, and atoms through the corona into space. These clouds typically reach Earth a day or two after the event.
Solar flares affect all layers of the solar atmosphere (photosphere, chromosphere, and corona), when the medium plasma is heated to tens of millions of kelvins and electrons, protons, and heavier ions are accelerated to near the speed of light. They produce radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum at all wavelengths, from radio waves to gamma rays, although most of the energy goes to frequencies outside the visual range and for this reason the majority of the flares are not visible to the naked eye…
Flares occur in active regions around sunspots… Flares are powered by the sudden (timescales of minutes to tens of minutes) release of magnetic energy stored in the corona. The same energy releases may produce coronal mass ejections (CME)…
X-rays and UV radiation emitted by solar flares can affect Earth’s ionosphere and disrupt long-range radio communications. Direct radio emission at decimetric wavelengths may disturb operation of radars and other devices operating at these frequencies.
Solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M or X according to the peak flux…Within a class there is a linear scale from 1 to 9, so an X2 flare is twice as powerful as an X1 flare, and is four times more powerful than an M5 flare. The more powerful M and X class flares are often associated with a variety of effects on the near-Earth space environment.” wikipedia.org
How Solar Flares Affect Our Bodies
From my research I have deduced that there is some connection between the Sun’s solar storms and our human biology, especially after an M or X class solar flare. These flares effect the magnetic field and impact Earth’s weather. Human beings also have a physical magnetic field, so it stands to reason that we too are impacted by solar activity.
After strong solar activity on the sun, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wind storms appear to occur more frequently.