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The solar particles blasted out in association with a flare on the surface of the sun that could hit Earth on Halloween.The sun has fired off an X1-class solar flare, its most powerful kind of flare.X-class flares are based on a classification system that divides solar flares according to their strength.

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NASA officials have called the recent ejection a “significant solar flare”.

The ejection of solar particles was tracked by the US Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), an organisation that tracks space weather events.

Space Weather Physicist Doctor Tamitha Skov tweeted: “X-Flare Now!

The US Space Weather Prediction Centre has issued a Geomagnetic Storm Watch warning (Image: GETTY) X-Flare Now! Our Sun fires a long-duration X1-class flare from region 2887! Expect #amateur radio #blackout on dayside of Earth, especially USA, Canada, South America, western Europe & Africa (color regions in map).#GPS reception issues also near dawn & dusk over next hour! pic.twitter.com/ukdwE4SwpN

— Dr.Tamitha Skov (@TamithaSkov) October 28, 2021

“Our Sun fires a long-duration X1-class flare from region 2887!

“Expect amateur radio blackout on dayside of Earth, especially USA, Canada, South America, western Europe and Africa (colour regions in map).

“GPS reception issues also near dawn and dusk over next hour!”

She added that the solar flare would be a “direct hit for Halloween”.

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The US Space Weather Prediction Centre has issued a Geomagnetic Storm Watch warning (Image: GETTY)

A SOLAR storm is set to cause a “blackout” across vast swathes of the earth (Image: GETTY and Twitter)

The physicist then added: “The solar storm launched during the X-flare today is indeed Earth-directed!

“NASA predictions confirm impact by early October 31.

“Expect aurora to mid-latitudes, as well as GPS reception issues and #amateur radio disruptions on Earth’s nightside!”

The US Space Weather Prediction Centre has issued a G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Watch warning.

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NASA observatory spots flurry of solar flares Trending The centre that observes space weather stated: “Analysis indicated the CME departed the Sun at a speed of 973 km/s and is forecast to arrive at Earth on 30 October.

“The effects will likely continue into 31 October.

“Impacts to our technology from a G3 storm are generally nominal.

“However, a G3 storm has the potential to drive the aurora further away from its normal polar residence.

“If other factors come together, the aurora might be seen over the far Northeast, to the upper Midwest, and over the state of Washington.”

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