Classification of Solar Flares

Solar Flares are classified according to the amount of energy emitted by them per unit area. The classification is based on the energy released in the 1-8 Angstrom band.

Typically we have 4 major classes designated by letters B,C,M and X, with X being the most powerful of flares. Each of these letter classes is further subdivided into 9 subdivisions. So a X class flare can exist from X1 to X9, with X9 being the strongest flare.

Class Flare Power (W/sq.m)
B 1E-6
C 1E-6 to 1E-5
M 1E-5 to 1E-4
X > 1E-4

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