Big solar flare on Monday

This solar flare took place at 12:45 p.m. Chicago time yesterday.  It’s a release of energy from the sun, and this one, though quite impressive, rates only as of “moderate size.” For more information about what causes these, check out the Wikipedia page.

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  1. fullyladenswallow
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous footage! Don’t mean to be gross but it seems that CMEs and flares are “solar zits” of the cosmos that never quite go away.

  2. Steve Smith
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    I once downloaded NASA’s 3D Sun app by mistake (free) and enjoy the amazing hyper spectral imagery of magneto hydrodynamic explosions. It’s even worthwhile turning on push notifications for events like this.

  3. Nom de Plume
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Gee, the sun sure has lots of energy. Perhaps we should attempt to harvest it.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted April 18, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink


      • MAUCH
        Posted April 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

        Rather than thinking of myself as harvesting I would more accurately think of myself as open pit mining. I see myself as the next great benevolent energy baron.

  4. Posted January 18, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink

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