Late Summer M5 Solar Flare - August, 24, 2014

  • Released Monday, August 25, 2014
  • Updated Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 12:15PM
  • ID: 11629

On Aug. 24, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:16 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun. 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.

To see how this event may affect Earth, please visit NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center at, the U.S. government's official source for space weather forecasts, alerts, watches and warnings.

This flare is classified as an M5 flare. M-class flares are ten times less powerful than the most intense flares, called X-class flares.

Visit the SDO site.

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Close up of 131 and 171 wavelegths blended into a single image

Close up of 131 and 171 wavelegths blended into a single image


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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