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Giant solar flare

Monster ProminenceCredit: NASA/SDONASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this view of a powerful Class solar flare on Feb. 2011 during a sun storm. NASA scientists called the display a "monster prominence" that kicked up a huge plasma wave.

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An incredibly stunning solar flare erupted from the sun's surface throwing charged particles and searing plasma millions of miles out into space. The blast was not directed at the earth and it is unlikely to hit any of the planets in our solar system.