Powerful Solar Flare: ‘M1.7-class’ Solar Flare Erupts from the Sun (Video)

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The powerful solar flare occurred on April 16 at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT) and recorded as a moderate M1.7-class on the scale of sun storms

The strength of solar flares are measured by the astronomers based on a letter scale. The three categories are C, M and X, the X class sun storms mark the most powerful events on the sun.

Image Credit: NASA

Solar flares are caused by the release of massive amounts of magnetic energy stored in the sun’s atmosphere.

NASA officials say, “Such eruptions are often associated with solar flares, and in this case an M1 class (medium-sized) flare did occur at the same time, though it was not aimed toward Earth,

Great eruption happening on the sun now,” scientists with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) wrote in a Twitter post.

Scientists say the sun is currently in an active phase of its 11-year solar weather cycle and is expected to reach its peak activity in 2013

Watch the video of the Spectacular Solar Flare

Video Credit: space.com

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