Solar Flare Sparks Biggest Eruption Ever Seen on Sun

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Solar Activity

A mushroom of cooled plasma popped like a pimple and rained onto the surface of the sun yesterday—shooting perhaps the largest amount of solar material into space ever seen, scientists say.

(Watch a video of the solar flare.)

The solar flare—an unusually bright spot on the sun—wasn’t surprising as a “moderate” event. Space observatories in the past year recorded about 70 such solar flares, each roughly ten times weaker than “extreme” flares, of which only two have occurred since 2007.

(Related: “Biggest Solar Flare in Years—Auroras to Be Widespread Tonight?”)

Read Full Article Here : http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/06/110608-solar-flare-sun-science-space/

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