This night, a powerful X4.9-class solar flare has been recorded by NASA . This solar flare is the most intense flare of 2014 so far, and one of the most intense of the current solar cycle. Solar flare are really critical, specially for the spacecrafts orbiting Earth. Few weeks ago, the Orb-1 mission of the Antares rocket delayed due to high space radiation environment induced by a high class solar flare. Fortunately, the solar flare was not Earth directed.
The NASA's +SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash. After a solar flare during the next 3 days, all space partners are used to be very mindful in order to monitor the behavior of their spacecraft and anticipate some possible failures. Moreover, the ISS is used to be reoriented with the aim to protect its critical modules and the crew.
Credit: SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory