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Sun Unleashes Largest Solar Flare in Years

Posted By admin On August 10, 2011 @ 2:36 am In Sci Tech,Tile | Comments Disabled

Clara Moskowitz,
SPACE.com [1]
Aug 10, 2011

An extremely powerful solar flare, the largest in over four years, rocked the sun early Tuesday (Aug. 9), but is unlikely to wreak any serious havoc here on Earth, scientists say.

“It was a big flare,” said Joe Kunches, a space scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Space Weather Prediction Center. “We lucked out because the site of theeruption at the sun [1] was not facing the Earth, so we will probably feel no ill effects.”

Today’s solar flare began at 3:48 a.m. EDT (0748 GMT), and was rated a class X6.9 on the three-class scale scientists use to measure the strength of solar flares. The strongest type of solar eruption is class X, while class C represents the weakest and class M flares are medium-strength events. [Video: Aug. 9 Solar Flare Briefly Knocks Out HF Radio [2]]

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[1] SPACE.com: http://www.space.com/12580-sun-unleashes-major-solar-flare.html

[2] Video: Aug. 9 Solar Flare Briefly Knocks Out HF Radio: http://www.space.com/12579-powerful-solar-flare-briefly-knocks-hf-radio.html

[3] Image: http://www.prisonplanet.tv/

[4] Giant sunspot shoots out intense, X-class solar flare: http://www.prisonplanet.com/giant-sunspot-shoots-out-intense-x-class-solar-flare.html

[5] Pictured: The glittering flare of a solar storm – seven times the size of Earth – which is raging across the sun’s surface: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pictured-the-glittering-flare-of-a-solar-storm-seven-times-the-size-of-earth-which-is-raging-across-the-suns-surface.html

[6] Huge solar flare said to jam China communications: http://www.prisonplanet.com/huge-solar-flare-said-to-jam-china-communications.html

[7] Massive solar flare ‘could paralyse Earth in 2013′: http://www.prisonplanet.com/massive-solar-flare-could-paralyse-earth-in-2013.html

[8] Amazing Video: Giant solar flare erupting from Sun surface: http://www.prisonplanet.com/amazing-video-giant-solar-flare-erupting-from-sun-surface.html

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