First Significant Solar Flare Of 2015 Captured By NASA In Amazing Image

January 14, 2015 1:20 AM

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First Significant Solar Flare Of 2015 Captured By NASA In Amazing Image

The sun unleashed a relatively powerful solar flare at 11:24 p.m. EST on Monday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the M-class solar flare, which caused a minor radio blackout on the sunlit side of the Earth during that time.

An M-class solar flare is the second-most powerful type of solar flare; X-class flares are the most intense and 10 times more powerful than an M-class flare. Monday's event was classified as an M5.6-class flare, which is five times more powerful than an M1-class solar flare. The number signifies its...

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