Double Solar Whammy:  NASA recorded two strong solar flares on May 10 and 11, 2024

Solar Dynamics to the Rescue:   These events were captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). 

Peak Performance:  The first flare peaked on May 10th at 9:23 PM local time, while the second peaked on May 11th at 7:44 AM local time. 

X Marks the Spot:  Both flares were classified as X-class, the most intense type of solar flare 

Earth Feels the Heat: Solar flares can cause auroras, radio blackouts, and damage to electrical grids. 

A Colorful Display:  The flares resulted in auroras being visible at lower-than-usual latitudes. 

Radio Silence:   Some areas experienced radio blackouts due to the flares. 

Grid Glitch:  The flares caused minor damage to power grids, but there were no widespread outages. 

Sun Study Saves the Day:  Studying solar activity helps us shield our infrastructure from solar storms.

Sun Study Saves the Day:  Studying solar activity helps us shield our infrastructure from solar storms.