Massive solar flare erupts from the sun; radio blackouts on Earth | USA TODAY

Solar flares are a common occurrence on the surface of the sun, but their size and intensity varies. This flare was the largest researchers have seen.

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The sun emitted the solar flare on Saturday, peaking around 10:48 a.m. ET, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center. The flare, which came from a part of the sun named active region 3217, was designated a X1.1 flare, one of the strongest types of flares the sun can produce.

More flares from the region could be coming, the Space Weather Prediction Center predicts as it moves across the sun.

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    1. Ohio being flamed by toxic gasses, solar flare disrupting radio, china UFOs flying across the country, war tensions. 2023 is looking rough

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