The sun produced a flurry of flares this week says NASA, unleashing over half a dozen solar flares in one day alone.
Images from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) showed it was a busy week on the surface of the sun. While many earthlings spent the last week of August on summer holiday, the sun began the week with an explosive mid-level flare that errupted on Sunday morning (August 24) and then continued to unleash over half a dozen more within the next two days.
The SDO captured images of the flares, which erupted on the left side of the sun from a sunspot is known as AR2151.
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.
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