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Sun Emits Mid-Level Flare on October 2, 2014

2017-12-08

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The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 3:01 p.m. EDT on Oct. 2, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun 24-hours a day, captured images of the flare. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

This flare is classified as an M7.3 flare. M-class flares are one-tenth as powerful as the most powerful flares, which are designated X-class flares.

Download high res: svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=11670

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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  • Title: Sun Emits Mid-Level Flare on October 2, 2014
  • Date Created: 2017-12-08
  • Location: Greenbelt, MD
  • Rights: GSFC
  • Album: ayoung

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