Solar flare could send shockwave through Earth - WKRN News 2

Solar flare could send shockwave through Earth

Posted: Updated: Jun 12, 2014 08:41 AM
Three X-class flares erupted from the left side of the sun June 10-11, 2014. (Courtesy: NASA/SDO) Three X-class flares erupted from the left side of the sun June 10-11, 2014. (Courtesy: NASA/SDO)
The second X-class flare of June 10, 2014, appears as a bright flash on the left side of this image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. (Courtesy: NASA/SDO) The second X-class flare of June 10, 2014, appears as a bright flash on the left side of this image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. (Courtesy: NASA/SDO)
A solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun on June 10, 2014. (Courtesy: NASA/SDO) A solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun on June 10, 2014. (Courtesy: NASA/SDO)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Over the past two days, the sun has had three major solar flares on its surface that affected communications on Earth.

The flares could also send a shockwave through Earth this Friday, June 13, ABC News reports.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the “solar events” caused brief blackouts in high frequency communications when they struck.

Two occurred Tuesday morning and one Wednesday, all between 6 and 8 a.m. Central time.

NASA describes solar flares as bursts of radiation on the sun’s surface. It disturbs Earth’s atmosphere, which can disrupt GPS and communications signals.

NOAA says one of the flares created what they call a “coronal mass ejection” which could actually come into contact with Earth on Friday.

The “ejection” is essentially a huge cloud of plasma. If it hits Earth, it would cause a shock wave, affecting communications systems, through a minor geo-magnetic storm.

The photographs and video were captured by NASA who observes the stunning solar flares. Click the video above to watch.

*ABC News contributed to this report.

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