NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M6.5 class flare at 07:16 UTC today. This image shows a combination of light in wavelengths of 13.1 and 17.1 nm. The M6.5 flare was associated with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME), a kind of solar event that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. CMEs can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground. NASA models show the CME leaving the sun at over 600 miles per second.
Image Credit: NASA