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Sympathetic solar flares

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: IE

 Context: Recently, a rare celestial event occurred as four solar flares erupted simultaneously, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

  • These “sympathetic solar flares” originated from different regions of the Sun’s surface due to complex magnetic interactions.
  • Such flares are caused by multiple eruptions linked by massive magnetic field loops above the solar surface, leading to coronal mass ejections and bursts of plasma.

This activity suggests that the Sun may be nearing or reaching the peak of its 11-year solar cycle, marked by increased solar events.

 

Sympathetic flares are caused by multiple eruptions across the Sun’s magnetic field, linked by massive magnetic field loops that lie above the solar surface.

When one spot detonates, others follow suit. This leads to coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and massive bursts of plasma.