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Mar 11 2015
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This puts everything in perspective. Here's an image of today's X2.2-class solar flare, along with the Earth for scale. Image via NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Jan 2 2014
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The sun threw off a pair of solar flares as the 2013 turned into 2014. The above image from New Year's Day shows a variety of wavelengths of light with the lighter colors representing higher temperatures. It's also totally face-melting. [NASA]

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