Article from the website skyandtelescope.com.
Solar physicists believe that the Sun's current 11-year-long activity cycle peaked weakly last year and has already started to decline. But today our star sent a powerful reminder that, paraphrasing Monty Python, "I'm not dead yet!"
On Wednesday afternoon, the Sun erupted with a powerful flare that peaked at 1:48 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. From its perspective in space, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the titanic explosion, which covered an area several times larger than Earth.
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