That said, scientists observed some events present in many stars in the Milky Way galaxies called superflares, hinting that our sun could release a massive superflare over the next 100 years, adding that it rarely occurs for our sun.
Younger stars produce the most superflares, the researchers found.
Scientists from University of Colorado (CU) Boulder in the USA have found that superflares can occur on older, quieter stars like our own - albeit more rarely, or about once every few thousand years. For a long time scientists thought that superflares occurred on active and young stars, which the sun isn't by all terms.
A researcher has warned about Earth's vulnerability to a superflare from the Sun. An artist's depiction above of a superflare on an alien star.
And we could be overdue. "But there was some risk we can experience this kind of event at the subsequent 100 years approximately".
As researchers observed over subsequent studies, these intense eruptions were more common on young, rapidly rotating stars, and on stars exhibiting high levels of magnetic activity.
However, unlike the typical solar flare, superflares are much stronger and powerful. By bolstering their brightness data with size estimates from the Gaia satellite, the researchers were able to determine how fast their flaring stars were spinning. "For the sun, it's previously every couple of thousand years all things considered", Notsu said.
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Notsu doesn't know when the next superflare is due, though, he seems certain the Sun will eject one at some point.
NASA captured a solar flare April 17, 2016, in 4K quality.
"In any case, we didn't have a clue if such huge flares happen on the advanced sun with low recurrence", he said.
There is one historical point of reference, though.
There is, however, no real guarantee when the next superflare will cripple the Earth.
Auroras associated with this event could be seen as far south as Cuba and Hawaii, telegraph system worldwide went haywire, and ice core records from Greenland indicate that the Earth's protective ozone layer was damaged by the energetic particles from the solar storm. But the Carrington Event didn't just produce pretty lights in the sky.
Dr. Notsu said: "If a superflare occurred 1,000 years ago, it was probably no big problem".
How big that problem will be is yet to be determined. "Such a blast could disrupt electronics across the globe, causing widespread blackouts and shorting out communication satellites in orbit", representatives from the University of Colorado Boulder said in the statement.
Despite not knowing exactly when a superflare could happen, scientists advised people to do more to prepare for the possibility by protecting electronics from space radiation. "This topic should [start to be considered] seriously from now on".