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HUGE M1 Solar Flare Today (17 April 2012)

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Published on Apr 17, 2012

A giant solar flare happened today. The coronal mass ejection (CME) was not aimed at the Earth and will not have any effect on us.

NASA released images of a powerful solar flare that unleashed an eruption of super-heated plasma from the surface of the sun before blasting into space. The flare was recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft, which is part of a 5-year mission focused on the sun. NASA described the eruption as "a beautiful prominence eruption producing a coronal mass ejection," known as a CME. It was not directed towards Earth. Extremely powerful CMEs can pose a danger to astronauts and satellites in space, as well as power grids, navigation and communications systems on Earth.

Extremely powerful CMEs can pose a danger to astronauts and satellites in space, as well as power grids, navigation and communications systems on Earth.


M1 Class Flare from the Sun, courtesy of the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

More on Solar Flares at
http://www.cheekizms.com

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