Monday, March 05, 2012

Sun Erupts With Major Solar Flare

A major solar flare erupted from the sun late last night (March 4) sending an explosion of plasma and charged particles hurtling toward Earth.
The flare was an X1.1-class solar flare and exploded from the surface of the sun at 11:13 p.m. EST (0413 GMT March 5), according to the Space Weather Prediction Center operated by the National Weather Service.
X-class flares are the most powerful type of solar storm, with M-class eruptions falling within the mid-range, and C-class flares being the weakest.
The X-class flare unleashed a wave of plasma and charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), into space.

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