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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Sun unleashes dramatic flare

Still image of Monday’s solar flare (NASA)
At 1:45 p.m. Monday, an outburst from the sun was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Laboratory. This violent burst of solar wind - known as a coronal mass ejection - was not pointed towards Earth. NASA said the associated solar flare was medium-size in the spectrum of flares, or M1 class.

The sunspot area that emitted this flare is rotating and will face the Earth in a few days says Dan Satterfield at Wild Wild Science. Once it’s directed at Earth, NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center will closely monitor it for the potential to generate solar storms affecting Earth.

See another image and a video of the Monday’s flare below....

Still image of Monday’s solar flare (NASA)

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