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Massive Solar Flare

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A massive X-class solar flare erupted from the suns surface Tuesday afternoon, emitting solar winds at 4.4 million mph.  An X-class flare is one of the strongest solar flares the sun emits.  

Solar flares are explosions of hot gases that oftentimes create a coronal mass ejection, or CME, that can disrupt satellite communication here on Earth.

Luckily, this solar flare was not directed at Earth, so this CME shouldn't cause any major problems.  However, it is still close enough to create geomagnetic storms (auroras) near the poles Wednesday night. 

This is the peak of sunspot and solar flare activity, as the sun goes through an 11-year sunspot and solar activity cycle. 

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jukJsH5L-Ss#t=13


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