NASA: Sun Erupt With Massive Solar Flare

You’d never know it from Chicago’s gray skies, but the Sun put on a spectacular show Wednesday, emitting a significant solar flare, according to NASA.

Now scientists are bracing to see what the resulting space weather will have in store for Earth.

The Chicago region is on the southernmost latitude of where the aurora might be visible, but in classic Chicago fashion, the light pollution puts the possibility at nil.

When did it happen? 

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of the event on Wednesday, which peaked shortly after noon, Central time.

What exactly is a solar flare?

Flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Wednesday’s was classified as an “X-Class” flare, which is the most intense.

did you see the image?

Besides just appearing cool, flares are known as coronal mass ejections in which billions of tons of plasma carrying an embedded magnetic field, are ejected from Sun.

Is this the end of the world?

No. According to NASA: "The harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere, which physically affects humans on the ground.

Is this the end of the world?

No. According to NASA: "The harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere, which physically affects humans on the ground.

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