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May 13, 2016

Solar Flare in 4K (Video)

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On April 17, 2016, an active region on the sun's right side released a mid-level solar flare, captured here by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

This solar flare caused moderate radio blackouts, according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center.

Scientists study active regions — which are areas of intense magnetism – to better understand why they sometimes erupt with such flares.

This video was captured in several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light, a type of light that is typically invisible to our eyes, but is color-coded in SDO images for easy viewing. 

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[via NASA and BoingBoing]

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