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NASA Snaps Intense Solar Flare from the Sun

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NASA said: “Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation.  

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Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground. 

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However — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.” 

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Flares are grouped into five categories — A, B, C, M and then X, the strongest — and then given a number denoting the size of the phenomena

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Originating from a sunspot dubbed “AR3006”, the flare released radiation that ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere, causing a blackout in the shortwave radio band around the Atlantic 

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Solar flares are triggered by a process called “magnetic reconnection”, in which the geometry of the magnetic field in the Sun’s plasma is altered. 

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