Solar Flare Captured by NASA Observatory

By: APTN/NASA TV/CBS
By: APTN/NASA TV/CBS
NASA released a spectacular video on Sunday from its Solar Dynamics Observatory of a flare erupting from the sun.

Image taken from NASA video of Solar Flare April 2, 2014

NASA released a spectacular video on Sunday from its Solar Dynamics Observatory of a flare erupting from the sun.

The eruption, which NASA described as "graceful" on their YouTube channel, took place on April 2nd 2014 and reached its peak at 15:05 GMT.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation.

NASA classified the flare as an M6.5 or mid-level.

According to NASA, M-class flare are ten times less powerful than the most intense flares, which are labelled X-class.

According to NASA, harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through the Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground although they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer were GPS and communications signals travel.


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