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EarthSky // Science Wire, Space Release Date: Apr 02, 2014

Mid-level solar flare April 2

Awesome image! A mid-level flare, an M6.5, erupted from the sun on April 2, 2014, peaking at 10:05 a.m. EDT.

Image credit: NASA

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This image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a mid-level solar flare – an M6.5 – that erupted from the sun on April 2, 2014, peaking at 10:05 a.m. EDT. The images shows the flare in a blend of two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light: 131 Angstroms and 171 Angstroms, colorized in yellow and red, respectively.

Solar flares are short-lived but powerful bursts of radiation. They are our solar system’s largest explosive events, lasting minutes to hours on the sun’s surface.

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