A powerful X-class flare spewed out a rare “solar tsunami,” and you can hear it slam into the earth

A clip of the X-class flare erupting from the sun on February 17, followed by a “solar tsunami” visible as a faint shockwave in the surrounding region. (Image credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory)

A sunspot recently put out a surprising X-class flare, one of the strongest solar flares our home star is capable of producing. The enormous explosion created a rarely seen “solar tsunami” on the sun’s surface and triggered an intense burst of radiation that caused radio blackouts on Earth.

And in a rare recording, a radio astronomer managed to capture the eerie sounds of the solar storm slamming into our planet’s atmosphere.

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