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NASA releases stunning solar flare images

NASA released stunning images taken five days ago of what it calls a graceful eruption of a solar flare. (NASA/SDO/Goddard Space Flight Center)
April 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
NASA released stunning images taken five days ago of what it calls a graceful eruption of a solar flare.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation, but this one erupted from the sun on Wednesday and was considered "mid-level."

NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory captured imagery of the event, and shows the flare in a blend of two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet lights.

The agency says harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through the Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans, but it can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and other communication signals travel.