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Another Massive Flare Explodes From the Sun

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Characterized as an X1.2 flare, it was not nearly as powerful as the one late Monday night. Nonetheless, X-class flares are the strongest, unleashing the energy of millions of hydrogen bombs almost all at once.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:35 am
(Image: NASA/SDO/ jhelioviewer) A fourth solar flare has erupted on the sun. It’s the bright spot to the left of this image, which was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The sun really seems to be ramping up its activity. At 9:45 EDT on Tuesday night, it unleashed its fourth flare in as many days. You can see it toward the left side of the sun in the image above from the Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft.

The false coloring in this picture is due to the wavelengths of light that the instrument on SDO viewed the sun with. These wavelengths are particularly good at revealing flaring activity.

Characterized as an X1.2 flare, it was not nearly as powerful as the one late Monday night. Nonetheless, X-class flares are the strongest, unleashing the energy of millions of hydrogen bombs almost all at once.

For more details about solar flares, including information about Monday’s big one, see my previous post here.

This flare, like the previous ones, was associated with a coronal mass ejection, or CME — a huge blow-out into space of billions of tons of matter. NASA’s SOHO spacecraft captured these images showing the evolution of the CME over the course of about 25 minutes:
**See slide show at VISIT SITE**
The sun is surely not done yet. It is heading toward the peak of its 11 year cycle.

By: Tom Yulsman - 5/15/ 2013 Discover Magazine

Tim C (2420)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 8:35 am

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:06 am
Nature is more powerful than we mortal egotists cannot ever comprehend, even compared to that atomic b**mb.
Don't need to be raising flags
IT'S Not that I'm paranoid, they really are out TO GET ME.
Thanks for more cattitude, glad your persistance paid off.
Hugs to you and your growing family, Kit. :)would send a hug, but getting ready to take a tech timeout and enjoy my garden....I pledged it means something.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:19 am
I like to click on my bookmark of SOHO and watch solar events, you can type in a date and see what happened then all the way up to the suns current status. You probably already know this page Kit but for people interested here is a link: Just copy and paste into your browser address bar and off you go :) Thanks Kit, noted..also these huge CME's create the northern lights so when they are really get them down south too but not so good for the satelites although nowadays they are built with heat sheilds to protect.

Kit B (276)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:26 am

Thanks Elizabeth, and yes I do like that site.

Watch and enjoy!

lee e (114)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:39 am
Thanks for the entertainment! :) (and the site too - )

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 10:30 am
Sigh.....great....and just when I thought it was relatively safe to back out on the porch...... :P~~~~

Thanks Kit. :)

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:28 am
Thank you for the fascinating information and the links. (n, p, t)

Vallee R (280)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:33 am
heard this on Coast-to-Coast AM - glad they missed us!

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 2:41 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. I thought the biggest danger from these flares was the gamma rays, but didn't read anything here about that.

Julia R (296)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 3:28 pm
Wow! How incredible the sun is and the universe in all its spectacular matter and events that go on... whose dynamics effect us every day and ultimately have the last word! Thanks for these incredible photos too!

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 4:13 pm
How powerful! Thanks.

Fred Krohn (34)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:13 pm
Here's the damn 'global warming' problem, the sun's getting feisty. Maybe we can use that fat pig Gore as a sun shield? He's no good for anything else.

Judith Hand (55)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:52 pm
Noted and shared, thanks.

Lisa Zilli (17)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 7:47 pm
Noted, thanks.

Alan Lambert (91)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 8:57 pm
Noted and shared Thanks much

Colleen L (3)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:14 pm
Nature is powerful. Will check out the site that Elizabeth mentioned. Love checking into these exciting sites. Thanks Kit

Nena G (39)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 1:13 am
read and noted, thanks! Very interesting, hope we can get some clear skies up here that coincide with a possible spotting of the aurora borealis!

Homer E (309)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:16 am
Very interesting story... thank you.

Sonali G (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 4:36 am
Fantastic. So are we in for some late night fire works then?

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 6:52 am
What a stunning photo!

Sara T (3)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 9:39 am
Cool! And Scary! How does this bode for us on earth and our electronics?

Kit B (276)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 10:24 am

How this bodes for our electronics just depends on how big the flares get, one could be large enough to cause massive EMP's.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:22 pm

Laurie H (817)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:28 pm
Very enjoyable posting and pictures!! Always interested and amazed by the sun and outer space events. Thanks Kit!!!!~

Sergio P (65)
Friday June 7, 2013, 11:45 am

Jav R (0)
Monday December 9, 2013, 7:50 am
Gracias. Saludos.
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