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Large X-class Flare Erupts on the Sun

07 Feb

Good thing it wasn’t aimed at Us! If it was we’d be gone, gone, gone! Just image a blast of plasma hitting earth at temperatures greater than 100,000 degrees!

On Jan. 27, 2012, a large X-class flare erupted from an active region near the solar west limb. X-class flares are the most powerful of all solar events. Seen here is an image of the flare captured by the X-ray telescope on Hinode. This image shows an emission from plasma heated to greater than eight million degrees during the energy release process of the flare.

Image Credit: JAXA/Hinode

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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Earth Changes, Global Warming, NASA, Photo, Science, Space

 

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One response to “Large X-class Flare Erupts on the Sun

  1. charlesmichelduke

    February 17, 2012 at 7:13 am

    How far do those plasma jets reach? As far as Mercury?

     

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