solar flare

noun

Definition of solar flare

: a sudden temporary outburst of energy from a small area of the sun's surface

called also flare

Examples of solar flare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The colorful event is courtesy of a solar flare, which erupted out of a sunspot Monday. Doyle Rice, The Enquirer, "Northern lights, known for glowing red and green colors, could be visible this week across northern US, Ohio," 11 Dec. 2020 The colorful event is courtesy of a solar flare, which erupted out of a sunspot Monday. Doyle Rice, The Enquirer, "Northern lights, known for glowing red and green colors, could be visible this week across northern US, Ohio," 11 Dec. 2020 The colorful event is courtesy of a solar flare, which erupted out of a sunspot Monday. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "This is the story of the American virus," 10 Dec. 2020 Caused by a geomagnetic storm that is the result of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), or solar flare, the Northern Lights could be visible across a number of northerly states. James Rogers, Fox News, "Northern Lights set to thrill US skywatchers," 10 Dec. 2020 Speaking from Colorado by phone Wednesday, Rodney Viereck, a scientist with the national Space Weather Prediction Center, said the event is the result of a solar flare that will create a geomagnetic storm. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "It will be a soggy, possibly snowy weekend in Chicago. But first, there’s an opportunity to see the northern lights in northern Illinois.," 9 Dec. 2020 When a fierce solar flare battered the Earth 161 years ago, electricity surged through telegraph lines and frazzled communications as a rainbow of auroras lit up skies around the world. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Protecting the power grid from ‘weapons of mass disruption’," 4 Dec. 2020 This also points to how localized the solar flare phenomenon was. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "What If a Solar Flare Actually Sank the Titanic?," 18 Sep. 2020 Last month, the massive, hot ball of glowing hydrogen and helium at the center of our solar system—otherwise known as our sun—released its largest solar flare since October 2017. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Sun Produced Its Biggest Solar Flare Since 2017," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of solar flare

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Solar flare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar%20flare. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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