5th grade students at Rod Kelley will recall my talking about solar flares yesterday. Here is a news report about an X-Class solar flare that was detected on December 5th. Solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M or X depending on how much power they carry. It is sort of like the ‘Richter Scale’ for solar flares. This solar flare was an X9, which is a very big one, one of the strongest solar flares recorded over the last 30 years.