NASA has released some amazing footage showing a solar flare on the surface of the sun! The flares erupt and leads to an amazing sight!
A spectacular mid-level solar flare was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which released stunning footage of the looping whip of fire.
According to the North American Space Agency (NASA), the sun emitted the mid-level solar flare on Wednesday at 14:05 GMT. The flare was classified as an M6.5 example. M-class flares are ten times less powerful than the most intense X-class flares. Within a class there is a linear scale from 1 to 9.n (apart from X), so that an X2 flare is twice as powerful as an X1 flare, an M2 is twice as powerful as an M1, and so on.
The video captured by the observatory shows the flare “in a blend of two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light: 304 Angstroms and 171 Angstroms, colorized in yellow and red, respectively.”
A solar flare is essentially a sudden brightening observed over the Sun’s surface or apparent edge, known as the solar limb.
They usually occur when magnetic energy that has accumulated in the solar atmosphere, usually around sunspots, is suddenly released. There are massive magnetic loops called prominences on the surface of the sun. Each loop is so large, 15 Earth-sized planets could fit inside of them. When two prominences bump into each other, they essentially go haywire, setting off a series of explosions as powerful as millions of 100-megaton hydrogen bombs detonating simultaneously.