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NASA SDO - X6.9 Solar Flare, August 9, 2011

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Published on Aug 9, 2011

At 0805 UT a powerful X-class solar flare erupted from active region 1263, causing some brief HF radio blackouts on the sun facing side of Earth.

X-class flares are large and bright and they are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms.

Credit: NASA SDO

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