Shockwave From Solar Flares Could Hit Earth Friday the 13th

The solar flares are due to the sun being in its solar max

By William White, InvestorPlace Writer

Earth may get hit by a shockwave from a solar flare on Friday the 13th.

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The schockwave comes from a solar flare that created a coronal mass ejection. This is basically a cloud of plasma that may hit the Earth on Friday and cause interference with communication systems. The solar flares are sprouting up because the sun is in its solar max, a time during an 11-year-period where the sun reaches its top activity, reports Moriches Daily.

Solar flare activity can be tracked on the National Weather Services’ Space weather Prediction Center website.

Several solar flares have occurred throughout the week. Two of these flares were strong enough to knock out communication systems on Earth on Tuesday and Thursday. These communication blackouts occurred around 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is also predicting additional flares from two very active sunspots, Moriches Daily notes.

Images of solar flares have been captured by NASA and can be seen in the video below.

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