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Monster Solar Flare This Year Was the Best-Observed in History (Video, Photos) | Space.com See how solar flares, sun storms and huge eruptions from the sun work in this SPACE.com infographic. View the full solar storm infographic here. Credit: Karl Tate/SPACE.com

Monster Solar Flare This Year Was the Best-Observed in History (Video, Photos) | Space.com See how solar flares, sun storms and huge eruptions from the sun work in this SPACE.com infographic. View the full solar storm infographic here. Credit: Karl Tate/SPACE.com

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A user's guide to solar flares... X-class flares top the scale with the most energy and potential to disrupt communications on Earth.

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Solar Eruptions - A Coronal Mass Ejection The swirling inner layers of our sun cause charged particles to generate magnetic fields. As charges accumulate on the surface, magnetic field lines readjust themselves and release huge quantities of matter and electromagnetic radiation into space. This particular Mass Ejection is traveling at over 900 miles per second and has an energy level equivalent to 160,000,000,000 megatons of TNT. Credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory/Goddard…

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Beautiful view of the MoonSLOOH Space Camera - Robotic Telescopes. Membership. Astronomy. Space Enthusiasts. Live Celestial Shows - Transit of Venus, Total Lunar Eclipse, Total Solar Eclipse, Comets, Supernovas, Conjunctions, solar flares, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Moon, and much more.

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Three X-class Flares in 24 Hours

The sun erupted with an X1.7-class solar flare on May 12, 2013. This is a blend of two images of the flare from NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory: One image shows light in the 171-angstrom wavelength, the other in 131 angstroms. Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA

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An incredibly stunning solar flare erupted from the sun's surface throwing charged particles and searing plasma millions of miles out into space. The blast was was not directed at the earth and it is unlikely to hit any of the planets in our solar system.

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This amazing composite image taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO) shows a series of significant solar eruptions that occu...

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