Huge explosion on sun unleashes major solar flare on Easter

The sun unleashed a major solar flare over the Easter holiday weekend, sparking radio blackouts and setting the stage for more solar storms to come.

The Easter solar flare peaked late Saturday (April 16) at 11:34 pm EDT (0334 GMT on April 17) and was followed minutes later by a massive sun eruption known as a coronal mass ejection, according to the US Space Weather Prediction Center ( SWPC), which is overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The flare registered as an X1.1-class sun storm (X-class storms are the most powerful ones on the sun) and lasted about 34 minutes, SWPC officials said.

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