Astronaut captures incredibly strong solar flare hitting Earth in stunning image

An astronaut from the European Space Agency has captured a huge solar flare that lit up the northern part of the world.

Thomas Pesquet snapped the moment one solar flare gave off the "strongest auras" and took to Twitter to share his amazing discovery.

He wrote on Twitter: "We were treated to the strongest auroras of the entire mission, over north America and Canada.

"Amazing spikes higher than our orbit, and we flew right above the centre of the ring, rapid waves and pulses all over."

His sighting comes just weeks after a major solar flare erupted from the sun in one of the strongest solar storms ever recorded, which could be the activity he recorded.

The Sun fired its most powerful kind of flare, an X1-class solar flare, that peaked at 11:35 a.m. EDT (1535 GMT) on October 28.

Solar flares are massive eruptions of radiation from the sun that send charged particles streaming outward from the star.

Experts classify them in a letter system, with C-class storms being relatively weak, M-class more moderate and X-class flares among the strongest.

A NASA statement explained: "X-class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength.

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"An X2 is twice as intense as an X1, an X3 is three times as intense, etc. Flares that are classified X10 or stronger are considered unusually intense."

According to an alert from the US Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), the flare caused a temporary, but strong, radio blackout across the sunlit side of Earth – central South America.

The solar eruption, which NASA labelled a "significant solar flare," was captured in real-time video by the space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory, Space.com reports.

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