NASA releases video of Thursday’s massive solar flare

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, July 13, 2012 15:22 EDT
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An x-class solar flare, as recorded by NASA on July 12, 2012. Photo: Courtesy, NASA.
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NASA said it detected a massive, x-class solar flare on Thursday that sent a coronal mass ejection spiraling toward Earth at over 850 miles per second. A full 24-hours later, the agency has made photos and a high definition video of the phenomenal cosmic event available online.

A previous solar flare earlier in the month was not quite this large, but NASA was still quick to note that it happened, as a particularly massive solar flare could potentially cause disruptions with space-based electronics like GPS navigation systems, and Earth-based technology like electric transformers and radio communications. The latest flare was the biggest in a while, although NASA did not say that it posed any threat to Earth.

Large-scale photos of it, however, are utterly spectacular. (More here.)

This video of the July 12 solar flare was published by NASA on July 13, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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