Late April Flares

  • Released Friday, April 22nd, 2022
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 11:44AM

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M9.6 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the upper left portion of the image– on April 20, 2022. The image shows a blend of 171 and 131 angstrom light, subsets of extreme ultraviolet light that highlight the extremely hot material in flares, and which are colorized in yellow. Credit NASA/SDO

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M9.6 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the upper left portion of the image– on April 20, 2022. The image shows a blend of 171 and 131 angstrom light, subsets of extreme ultraviolet light that highlight the extremely hot material in flares, and which are colorized in yellow.

Credit NASA/SDO



The Sun emitted a moderate solar flare on April 20, 2022, peaking at 9:59 p.m. ET. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

This flare is classified as an M 9.6 flare. M-class flares are a tenth the size of the most intense flares, the X-class flares. The number provides more information about its strength. More info on how flares are classified can be found here.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M9.6 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash on the left side of this image of the Sun – on April 20, 2022. The image from SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly 131 Ångström channel (colorized in teal) shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares. Credit: NASA/SDO

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M9.6 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash on the left side of this image of the Sun – on April 20, 2022. The image from SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly 131 Ångström channel (colorized in teal) shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares. Credit: NASA/SDO

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M9.6 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash on the left side of this image of the Sun – on April 20, 2022. The image from SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly 171 Ångström channel (colorized in yellow) shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the hot plasma loop structures in the Sun's lower atmosphere. Credit: NASA/SDO

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M9.6 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash on the left side of this image of the Sun – on April 20, 2022. The image from SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly 171 Ångström channel (colorized in yellow) shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the hot plasma loop structures in the Sun's lower atmosphere. Credit: NASA/SDO




April 19, M 7.3 and X 2.2


Side-by-side images of the two solar flares that occured on April 19th, 2022. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured these images in 131 angstrom light, which highlights the extremely hot temperatures of flares.Credit: NASA/SDO

Side-by-side images of the two solar flares that occured on April 19th, 2022. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured these images in 131 angstrom light, which highlights the extremely hot temperatures of flares.

Credit: NASA/SDO



The Sun emitted two solar flares on April 19, 2022, one moderate peaking at 9:35 p.m. EST and one strong peaking at 11:57 p.m. EST. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of both events.

Animated GIF and video of the two solar flares that occured on April 19th, 2022. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured these images in 131 angstrom light, which highlights the extremely hot temperatures of flares.

Credit: NASA/SDO

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M7.3 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the lower right portion of the image– at 9:35 p.m. EST on April 19, 2022. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light – 131 angstroms – that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and is colorized in SDO channel color teal. Credit: NASA/SDO

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M7.3 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the lower right portion of the image– at 9:35 p.m. EST on April 19, 2022. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light – 131 angstroms – that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and is colorized in SDO channel color teal.

Credit: NASA/SDO

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an X2.2 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the lower right portion of the image– at 11:57 p.m. EST on April 19, 2022. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light – 131 angstroms – that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and is colorized in SDO channel color teal. Credit NASA/SDO

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an X2.2 solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the lower right portion of the image– at 11:57 p.m. EST on April 19, 2022. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light – 131 angstroms – that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and is colorized in SDO channel color teal. Credit NASA/SDO



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