First notable flare of 2015 as dramatic ‘mid-level’ eruption takes place on the solar surface
January 2015 – SPACE WEATHER – The first notable solar flare of 2015 has been spotted on the sun, NASA has said. An image of the event shows the powerful burst of radiation on the surface. This particular flare is not thought to be any threat to Earth – but does that not stop the burst still looking mightily impressive. The mid-level flare was emitted by the sun and peaked this morning at 4:24am GMT (11:24pm EST yesterday). It was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly. This particular event was classified as an M5.6-class flare.
M-class flares are a tenth the size of the most intense flares, the X-class flares. The number provides more information about its strength. An M2 is twice as intense as an M1, an M3 is three times as intense, and so on. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation, but…
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