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Latest Solar Flare Dazzling but Not Dangerous

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July 20, 2012
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The Sun has hurled another giant burst of radiation into space, producing a spectacular solar flare that leapt from its surface on Thursday. The flare was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection, although scientists say the cloud of charged particles is not heading towards Earth.


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NASA 360: Stories of the Solar System: Comets and Asteroids

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NASA (July 15, 2013) — Caleb: If you want to look back in time to the beginning of our solar system, look no further than comets and asteroids. Molly: These solar system time capsules have been giving away secrets of not only how our solar system formed, but also the planets that call it home. Dr. Paul Chodas: What are the materials that form the solar system? What did it look like originally? Lindley Johnson: Asteroids and comets are the leftover material that made up the solar system.
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Massive Solar Flare Delivers Earth a Glancing Blow

Massive Solar Flare Delivers Earth a Glancing Blow

Reuters (Sep. 5, 2012) — NASA's orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has recorded more spectacular activity in the Sun's atmosphere, with a solar flare whipping half a million miles into space from the surface, and sending a cloud of electrically charged particles in Earth's direction.
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When It Rains on the Sun, It Pours

When It Rains on the Sun, It Pours

Reuters (Feb. 21, 2013) — Images of a spectacular solar flare that leaped off the sun's surface in July last year, have been compiled into a video revealing a rarely seen phenomenon called coronal rain. The compilation was produced from images collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space-based craft designed specifically to study the sun.
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Solar Storm Slams Earth

Solar Storm Slams Earth

Xinhua News Agency (Jan. 25, 2012) — Officials say the sun goes through cycles and reaches a maximum of solar flare activity every 11 years. Solar eruptions are supposed to increase through this year and peak in 2013.
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