Sun celebrates the solstice with solar flare

June 22, 2013 3:06 PM

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Sun celebrates the solstice with solar flare

While you were busy celebrating the summer solstice, our sun was erupting with a great flash of light and ejecting billions of tons of solar material out into space.

The relatively mild solar flare occurred at 8:15 p.m. PDT Thursday evening, just a few hours before the moment when the Earth's North Pole was tipped the most toward the sun, signaling the start of summer.

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