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NASA's SDO Provides Images of Significant Solar Flare

The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:49 p.m. EST on Feb. 24, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which keeps a constant watch on the sun, captured images of the event.

This flare is classified as an X4.9-class flare. X-class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength. An X2 is twice as intense as an X1, an X3 is three times as intense, etc.

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SDO footage of February 24, 2014 X4.9 flare in three wavelengths: 304, 171 and 1600 ångströms. Credit: NASA/SDO Watch this video on the NASA Goddard YouTube channel .    SDO footage of February 24, 2014 X4.9 flare in three wavelengths: 304, 171 and 1600 ångströms.

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Watch this video on the NASA Goddard YouTube channel.


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An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014.  This composite image, captured at 7:59 p.m. EST, shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Ångströms. Credit: NASA/SDO    An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014. This composite image, captured at 7:59 p.m. EST, shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Ångströms.

Credit: NASA/SDO

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An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014.  This composite image, captured at 7:59 p.m. EST, shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Ångströms. Cropped Credit: NASA/SDO    An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014. This composite image, captured at 7:59 p.m. EST, shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Ångströms. Cropped

Credit: NASA/SDO

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An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014.  This composite image, captured at 7:45 p.m. EST, shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Ångströms. Credit: NASA/SDO    An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014. This composite image, captured at 7:45 p.m. EST, shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Ångströms.

Credit: NASA/SDO

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An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014.  This composite image, captured at 7:45 p.m. EST, shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Ångströms.  Cropped. Credit: NASA/SDO    An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014. This composite image, captured at 7:45 p.m. EST, shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Ångströms. Cropped.

Credit: NASA/SDO

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These images  from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory at 7:25 p.m. EST on Feb. 24, 2014, show the first moments of an X-class flare in different wavelengths of light – seen as the bright spot that appears on the left limb of the sun. Hot solar material can be seen hovering above the active region in the sun's atmosphere, the corona. Credit: NASA/SDO    These images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory at 7:25 p.m. EST on Feb. 24, 2014, show the first moments of an X-class flare in different wavelengths of light – seen as the bright spot that appears on the left limb of the sun. Hot solar material can be seen hovering above the active region in the sun's atmosphere, the corona.

Credit: NASA/SDO

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These images  from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory at 7:25 p.m. EST on Feb. 24, 2014, show the first moments of an X-class flare in different wavelengths of light – seen as the bright spot that appears on the left limb of the sun. Hot solar material can be seen hovering above the active region in the sun's atmosphere, the corona.  Unlabeled. Credit: NASA/SDO    These images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory at 7:25 p.m. EST on Feb. 24, 2014, show the first moments of an X-class flare in different wavelengths of light – seen as the bright spot that appears on the left limb of the sun. Hot solar material can be seen hovering above the active region in the sun's atmosphere, the corona. Unlabeled.

Credit: NASA/SDO

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X 4.9 flare captured at 8:00 p.m. EST in 131 Ångström light. Credit: NASA/SDO    X 4.9 flare captured at 8:00 p.m. EST in 131 Ångström light.

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X 4.9 flare captured at 8:00 p.m. EST in 131 Ångström light.  Cropped. Credit: NASA/SDO    X 4.9 flare captured at 8:00 p.m. EST in 131 Ångström light. Cropped.

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X 4.9 flare captured at 7:59 p.m. EST in 304 Ångström light. Credit: NASA/SDO    X 4.9 flare captured at 7:59 p.m. EST in 304 Ångström light.

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X 4.9 flare captured at 7:59 p.m. EST in 171 Ångström light. Credit: NASA/SDO    X 4.9 flare captured at 7:59 p.m. EST in 171 Ångström light.

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X 4.9 flare captured at 7:58 p.m. EST in 193 Ångström light. Credit: NASA/SDO    X 4.9 flare captured at 7:58 p.m. EST in 193 Ångström light.

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X 4.9 flare captured at 8:01 p.m. EST in 335 Ångström light. Credit: NASA/SDO    X 4.9 flare captured at 8:01 p.m. EST in 335 Ångström light.

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X 4.9 flare captured at 8:02 p.m. EST in 335 Ångström light. Credit: NASA/SDO    X 4.9 flare captured at 8:02 p.m. EST in 335 Ångström light.

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The early stages of the February 25, 2014 X 4.9 flare captured at 7:44 p.m. EST in 171 Ångström light. Credit: NASA/SDO    The early stages of the February 25, 2014 X 4.9 flare captured at 7:44 p.m. EST in 171 Ångström light.

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The early stages of the February 24, 2014 X 4.9 flare captured at 7:45 p.m. EST in 131 Ångström light. Credit: NASA/SDO    The early stages of the February 24, 2014 X 4.9 flare captured at 7:45 p.m. EST in 131 Ångström light.

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SOHO LASCO C2 Coronagraph view of the O-type CME associated with the X4.9 flare. Credit: NASA&ESA/SOHO    SOHO LASCO C2 Coronagraph view of the O-type CME associated with the X4.9 flare.

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Animation Number:11493
Completed:2014-02-25
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Series:Heliophysics Breaking News
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