Mother Nature Network on Tumblr MNN on Facebook MNN on Twitter
Mother Nature Network • Photo of the day: Sun warms up for solar maximum...

11

Apr

Photo of the day: Sun warms up for solar maximum with strong M-class flare
A stunning photo of an M6.5 class flare — the strongest flare seen so far this year — is captured at 3:16 EDT on April 11 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. This image is a composite of light wavelengths at 131 and 171 Angstroms.

Although M-class flares are nowhere near as strong as X-class flares, which are about 10 times more powerful, they can still cause plenty of headaches by disturbing the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. Radio signals hit by radiation can be disrupted for as long as the flare lasts, anywhere from minutes to hours.

Photo of the day: Sun warms up for solar maximum with strong M-class flare

A stunning photo of an M6.5 class flare — the strongest flare seen so far this year — is captured at 3:16 EDT on April 11 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. This image is a composite of light wavelengths at 131 and 171 Angstroms.

Although M-class flares are nowhere near as strong as X-class flares, which are about 10 times more powerful, they can still cause plenty of headaches by disturbing the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. Radio signals hit by radiation can be disrupted for as long as the flare lasts, anywhere from minutes to hours.

  1. frickromy reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  2. commonwhitegirl13 reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  3. forklift-my-mind reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  4. dantebellarix reblogged this from aimlessinspace
  5. purplevision reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  6. kindness330 reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  7. amazing-wisdom-beauty-and-stars reblogged this from likeaphysicist
  8. nanomono reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  9. moon--sister reblogged this from wildandfreesoul
  10. fiatluxaeterna reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  11. brainflossandmindfrills reblogged this from likeaphysicist and added:
    Our sun is so beautiful.
  12. brandon-oh-kay reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  13. pragmatic-dude reblogged this from likeaphysicist
  14. gemshines reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  15. moleculaespiritual reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  16. when-im-alone-i-think-of-you reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  17. nickoraus reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  18. redcodex reblogged this from likeaphysicist
  19. egodownsoulup reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  20. knowledgedecides reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  21. nomelie reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  22. supernovasalinas666 reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  23. opakakaek reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  24. theloneliestbanana reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  25. ironnyk reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  26. lchaney5 reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork