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Holiday Lights on the Sun: SDO Imagery of a Significant Solar Flare

Holiday Lights on the Sun: SDO Imagery of a Significant Solar Flare

12.22.14 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:28 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

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