‘M1.7-class’ solar flare erupts from sun surface (Video)

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NASA released images and an amazing video of a powerful giant solar flare that unleashed an eruption of super-heated plasma from the surface of the sun before blasting into space.

The flare was recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft, which is part of a 5-year mission focused on the sun.

Solar flare

Image Credit: space.com

NASA described the eruption as “a beautiful prominence eruption producing a coronal mass ejection,” known as a CME. It was not directed towards Earth.

Extremely powerful CMEs can pose a danger to astronauts and satellites in space. NASA has even warned that super Solar Storms forecasted for 2012 could kill 1 billion people.

Watch the video of the Spectacular Solar Flare

Video Credit: space.com

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