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Caption: M-class solar flare erupting from the Sun. The flare erupts from a bright spot on the surface, ejecting a huge amount of plasma into the Sun's atmosphere. Around half of the material falls back onto the Sun's surface, some falling ballistically, under the influence of gravity, some being captured by the Sun's magnetic field and channelled towards sunspot regions. When the cooler, darker infalling material hits the Sun's surface it causes bright explosions. The rest of the material is thrown into space as a coronal mass ejection (CME). Although only a medium-strength M-class flare, the mass ejected was among the highest recorded for a CME. This footage was taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on 7th June 2011.

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Solar flare, June 2011

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