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Sun emits a mid-level solar flare on 24 August

24 August 2015 Astronomy Now

The Sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:33am BST on 24 August 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured the image of the event shown here. Although harmful radiation from such a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere, intense flares can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

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Sun emits significant solar flare

12 March 2015 Astronomy Now

On March 11th at 4:22 pm GMT, the Sun emitted a powerful solar flare that registered 2.2 on the X-class scale. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the event in stunning detail.