Solar Flare: How Many Years till Our Sun Die?

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

The sun released a strong X-class solar flare, also known as a ‘solar tsunami,’ on 17th February that caused radio blackouts in some places.

A solar flare is a sudden eruption of intense energy that releases a radiation burst across the electromagnetic spectrum, including ultraviolet light.

The sun is currently at its volatile best since it reached solar cycle 25 in 2019. Scientists examine that the sun’s solar cycle will hit its peak in July 2025.

Here are some FAQs about solar flare for you.

Do solar flares affect cell phones? Solar flares generate geomagnetic storms that can significantly impact cell phone signals.

How long before a solar flare reaches Earth? The radiation from solar flares can travel at the speed of light and reach Earth in eight minutes.

How long can solar flares last? Solar flares can occur for hours. The same active region on the sun can produce several flares in succession and erupt for several days.

How many years till our sun dies? The sun will die in about 4.5 billion years.

What will the sun do in 2025? Following the sun’s solar cycle, scientists predict the solar maximum will happen in July 2025, with a peak of 115 sunspots.

Doug Biesecker, Ph. D., a solar physicist at NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, explained quick solar activity rises to indicate the strong solar cycle.