American scientists have drawn attention to the occurrence of solar flares. This phenomenon may indicate the beginning of a new life cycle of a star, according to the NASA website.

The appearance of new spots was recorded on may 29 with being in the space of the solar dynamics Observatory (SDO). Recorded a powerful flash in the fall of 2017, and the researchers noted that their activity is too small to prediction Center space weather forecast (SWPC) began to warn citizens about solar activity.

According to scientists, the resulting spots can be a harbinger of new solar cycle, usually starting time in 11 years. At this time the only star in the Solar system “out of hibernation”, increases activity, resulting in the emergence of new outbreaks. However, the beginning of the next cycle is typically set retroactively after a series of observations of the sun, to which specialists may need six to 12 months.

“the fact that now the number of sunspots increases does not mean that next month their numbers will not return to the old values”, — the report says NASA. SDO observed the flare will not affect human health because it emits radiation cannot penetrate the atmosphere. However, exactly these detected flashes of class M can affect the quality of signal of cellular communication and GPS.

A series of powerful solar flares was last recorded by scientists in September 2017. In particular, appeared September 10 flash received the highest grade of activity — X. because Of the strong solar radiation, the ISS crew received the command “alert” and was forced to go to a special shelter.