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Sun Releases a Flare on the Solstice

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An M2 class Flare from AR1777 on the Sun. (NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory)

At about 3 in the morning on the Summer Solstice (most amount of daylight hours of the year on Earth), the Sun popped off a little fireworks.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a video of this M2 Class flare in the extreme ultraviolet (that’s why the Sun doesn’t look like our red-orange ball of fire in the photo).

I include it on the website because it’s pretty. The video is a little spooky, though.

And, it’s a preview of what this little sunspot (AR1777) may be doing on a frequent basis as it comes across the face of the Sun directed toward us. Flares can cause everything from Northern and Southern Lights to problems with satellite and radio transmissions. We’ll keep you informed here at KLYQ.

See the video at Spaceweather.com

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