Sun  ID: 11651

September 10, 2014 X1.6 flare

The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images 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.

This flare is classified as an X1.6 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.


For More Information

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/significant-flare-surges-off-the-sun/


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Heliophysics Breaking News

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G2014-015 -- 2014 Heliophysics Breaking News

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SVS >> CME
SVS >> Coronal Mass Ejection
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SVS >> Heliophysics
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