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Solar flare. Animation showing two views of an X1.6-class solar flare, imaged by the solar observation satellites IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph) and SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) on September 10, 2014. IRIS focuses on the lower regions of the sun's atmosphere, while the SDO shows a region that is hotter and typically further out. Solar flares are eruptions in the solar atmosphere that emit large quantities of radiation and charged particles. Solar flares can severely disrupt communications via satellite and radio.
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