I came across this in my regular NASA and other scientific scannings this morning and HAD to share it with everyone – the image alone makes it worthwhile!
But also I have to admit, the solar flare activity and all that was a part of the desire to share this as well, albeit secondary – I guess I’m curious as to how people will react to this news and how many will see this as yet another sign of the coming apocalypse if and when they hear about it.
On March 13, 2012, the sun erupted with an M7.9-class flare that peaked at 1:41 p.m. EDT. This flare was from the same active region, No. 1429, that has been producing flares and coronal mass ejections all week. That region has been moving across the face of the sun since March 2, and will soon rotate out of Earth view.
Click the image below to see a brilliant high-resolution version of this spectacular shot! This is really our sun itself folks!
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