Mid-level Solar Flare Erupts from Sun on December 14, 2022

  • Released Wednesday, December 14th, 2022
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 11:43AM

An M6.2 class solar flare flashes on the right side of the Sun on December 14, 2022. This imagery was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and shows light in the 131 angstrom wavelengths.Credit: NASA/SDO

An M6.2 class solar flare flashes on the right side of the Sun on December 14, 2022. This imagery was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and shows light in the 131 angstrom wavelengths.

Credit: NASA/SDO

The Sun emitted an M6.2-class solar flare on December 14, 2022, peaking at 9:42 a.m. EDT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured imagery of the event.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of energy. Flares and solar eruptions can impact radio communications, electric power grids, navigation signals, and pose risks to spacecraft and astronauts.

This flare is classified as an M-Class 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. An M2 is twice as intense as an M1, an M3 is three times as intense, etc.

To see how such space weather may affect Earth, please visit NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center https://spaceweather.gov/, the U.S. government’s official source for space weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and alerts. NASA works as a research arm of the nation’s space weather effort. NASA observes the Sun and our space environment constantly with a fleet of spacecraft that study everything from the Sun’s activity to the solar atmosphere, and to the particles and magnetic fields in the space surrounding Earth.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the lower right portion of the image– at approximately 9:45 am EDT on Dec. 14, 2022. The image shows 131 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares.Credit: NASA/SDO

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the lower right portion of the image– at approximately 9:45 am EDT on Dec. 14, 2022. The image shows 131 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares.

Credit: NASA/SDO

An M6.2 class solar flare flashes on the right side of the Sun in this close-up view from December 14, 2022. This GIF/video was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and shows light in the 171 angstrom wavelengths.

Credit: NASA/SDO



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