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Large solar flare erupts on the sun

Staff writers
October 24, 2012 — On Monday, the sun emitted a solar flare strong enough to cause blackouts in radio communications, NASA has announced.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured imagery of a powerful solar flare that happened on Monday.

According to the organization, this latest flare represents one of many recent eruptions, due to the sun's 11-year activity cycle that will peak in 2013.

While some solar flares unleash coronal mass ejections that can prompt aurora borealis and satellite disruptions here at home, NASA says this X-class flare was free of earth-bound CMEs.

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