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NASA imagery shows a late summer "flurry of flares" bursting from the sun

Monday, September 01, 2014 - 01:09

The sun produced a flurry of flares this week says NASA, unleashing over half a dozen in one day alone. Rough cut. (No reporter narration.)

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Images from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) show it was a busy week on the surface of the sun. It began began with an explosive mid-level flare that erupted last Sunday (August 24). The sun continued to unleash over half a dozen more flares within the next two days. The SDO captured images of the flares, which erupted from a sunspot is known as AR2151. 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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NASA imagery shows a late summer "flurry of flares" bursting from the sun

Monday, September 01, 2014 - 01:09