Independence Day Solar Fireworks

Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the M5.3 class solar flare that peaked on July 4, 2012

This image, captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the M5.3 class solar flare that peaked on July 4, 2012, at 5:55 AM EDT. The flare is shown in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, a wavelength that is particularly good for capturing the radiation emitted from flares. The wavelength is typically colorized in teal as shown here.

Image Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA/Helioviewer

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