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Solar flare. Animation showing two views of an X1.6-class solar flare, imaged by the solar observation satellite SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) on September 10, 2014. The first view is in 171 angstrom light, and the second view is a blend of light from the 171 and 304 angstrom wavelengths (in the ultraviolet range). Solar flares are eruptions in the solar atmosphere that emit large quantities of radiation and charged particles. They can severely disrupt communications via satellite and radio.
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