solar flare


Definition of solar flare

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

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Examples of solar flare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The effect of a dark matter asteroid is very close to that of a standard solar flare. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 17 Jan. 2022 The storm is due to a significant solar flare that happened on Thursday. USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 Could this energy, the kind that is projected, perceived, and exchanged, yet purportedly impossible to measure, have somehow spun the monitor’s compass, like a poltergeist or a solar flare? Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 On Saturday, a large solar flare was detected coming off the sun. Fox News, 11 Oct. 2021 This storm alert comes courtesy of a strong X-class solar flare that was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME) earlier this week. Eric Mack, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 In this dreary thriller, Cage rushes to understand a series of grim phenomena that ultimately lead to a solar flare that destroys all life on the planet, other than those whisked away on interstellar arks. Ben Flanagan |, al, 25 Nov. 2021 What atmospheric phenomenon, which was named by the astronomer Galileo, was recently visible further south than usual due to a recent solar flare? CNN, 5 Nov. 2021 Spacecraft picked up a powerful X-class solar flare bursting out of a sunspot on Thursday. Eric Mack, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of solar flare

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of solar flare was in 1938

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22 Jan 2022

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“Solar flare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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