A solar flare (right) captured in high-energy light by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on January 13, 2015. Credit: NASA/SDO
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A solar flare (right) captured in high-energy light by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on January 13, 2015. Credit: NASA/SDO

NASA's guide to solar flares

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Aug 12, 2011

What with all the fun excitement blasting away from the Sun the past few days, now is a good time to point you toward this excellent guide to solar flares and their classification, presented by the good folks at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center:

Now I don't have to always define what this all means every time the Sun flips its lid over the next couple of years. I like it when my tax money makes my life easier.

Tip o' the lead apron to Scott Wiessenger.