NASA On Air: NASA Spacecraft Observes Solar Flare (3/13/2014)
LEAD: What is a X-class solar flare? It is one of the most intense categories of massive bursts of light from the sun.
This flare erupted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
For scale, the dark-colored sun spot is huge...about twice the size of Earth.
NASA’s SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) spacecraft, launched in 2010, studies the sun’s magnetic fields.
Flares are related to the reconnection, or short-circuiting, of magnetic loops
TAG: Though not a threat to humans, SOME solar flares can disrupt GPS and communication signals.
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center