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Huge solar flare erupts on the sun from ‘hyperactive’ sunspot

A massive explosion on the sun unleashed a powerful solar flare from a new sunspot on Monday (Jan. 9), one that is slowly turning to face the Earth. 

The solar flare erupted at 1:50 p.m. EST (1850 GMT)  as a X1.9-class sun storm that caused a temporary, but strong, radio blackout across parts of South America, Central America and the Pacific  Ocean, according to a statement (opens in new tab) from the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. X-class flares are the strongest types of storms from the sun. Monday’s flare came from the same sunspot that fired off an X1.2-class solar flare on Jan. 5, NOAA reported. 

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