The Sun Unleashed a Huge Solar Flare on Tuesday

The Sun unleashed a large solar flare Tuesday, that, had it been directed at Earth, could have caused major problems by spawning a powerful geomagnetic storm. The solar eruption — which measured in at a whopping X2.7-Class flare — is the most powerful kind of solar storm on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center's SWPC scale. The flare reached its peak at 6:11 p.m. ET, and caused a radio blackout in the Pacific region, the sunlit side of the Earth at that time of day. Fortunately, the solar flare was not directed at Earth, so space fans will not get the chance to see super-charged auroras.