Scientists classify solar flares between C, M and X class, with X class flares being the strongest.
According to Spaceweather.com: “X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms.”
Space Weather expert Dr Tamitha Skov tweeted: “Our #Sun gets busy with four big-flare players, multiple Earth-directed #solarstorm launches fast solar wind.
“Strong #aurora possible to mid-latitudes August 17-18 with G1-G2 storm levels.
“Expect disruptions to amateur #radio #GPS reception, especially on Earth’s night side.”
Powerful solar storms can cause real damage to the Earth’s infrastructure.
In February, a major solar storm hit Earth, resulting in about 40 Starlink satellites tumbling back to Earth.
Scientists have also warned that larger ones could potentially cripple internet supply across the world.