Check out this video from NASA of the June 7, 2011 solar flare. Watch it happen!
This is an SDO zoom-in composite (211, 193 and 171 wavelengths) video of the M-2 solar flare and spectacular coronal mass ejection (CME) event on June 7, 2011. At the top is a graph from the GOES-15 satellite showing corresponding X-ray measurements of the event. Via NASA.
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