Amazing Photos of the Sun
The sun gives off a solar flare on March 6, 2012. The increased solar activity is part of an upswing during the sun's normal 11-year cycle. The storm that included this solar flare (categorized as an X5.4) is the largest in five years. The flares, which could produce auroras at lower latitudes than usual, have the potential to disrupt earth's magnetic field and the satellite networks, GPS devices and utility grids that rely upon it.
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