Solar flare erupts from sun's surface
- Photo: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
(WJLA) - The sun let loose a massive solar flare on Tuesday, pushing back a Wallops Island rocket launch yet again.
According to the Capital Weather Gang, the enormous flare was classified as X-class, which is the strongest type of flare possible.
Officials say that the geomagnetic storm that usually accompanies flares of this size ranks a 3 on its 1-5 scale.
It's the first solar flare of 2014. The launch of an Antares rocket in Virginia had already been pushed back a day due to cold weather.
Radio communication is among the many things that can be disrupted by a solar flare, and it's not known when the launch will take place.