Explosive Solar Flare Spotted By Sun-Watching Spacecraft

August 27, 2014 1:18 PM

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Explosive Solar Flare Spotted By Sun-Watching Spacecraft

The sun kicked off this week with an explosive solar flare that, while not aimed directly at Earth, may be a hotspot to watch over the next few days.

The solar flare erupted on Sunday morning (Aug. 24) from an active sunspot known as AR2151. Two sun-watching spacecraft captured stunning video of Sunday's solar flare as it leapt off the surface of the sun at 8:16 a.m. EDT (1216 GMT).

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