Missed It By That Much

The Sun cut loose with a M-9.3 flare on 12 March from an active region near the Sun’s edge as seen from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. It just missed being an X class flare, the strongest category. The bright flash is the tell tale sign of a flare. The flare was so bright that it caused very bright saturation and blooming above and below the flare region on the satellite’s CCD detector and caused extended diffraction patterns to spread out across the SDO imager. This 15-hour time lapse video shows that a smaller flare preceded this one as well.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22xuXNVs1M8]

Video Credit: NASA

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