Sun Emits Biggest Solar Flare of 2014
Late on February 24th, an active sunspot (AR1990) reacted, giving way to the most powerful Solar Flare of the year so far and one of the mightiest in recent years. Solar Flares are capable of disrupting electric power grids, satellites, GPS, and radio communications, if the electromagnetic radiation they release is strong enough. They’re also a vivid and fascinating sight. The still image above and video below illustrate the spot flaring up from the sun, a massive explosion of plasma, called a coronal mass ejection. NASA‘s spacecraft recorded these fantastic shots of the eruption, which piqued around 7:45pm EST.
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