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Solar Flares

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Big Bear Solar Observatory Yohkoh/SXT

  • Solar Flares are intense brightenings on the surface of the Sun
  • They can exhibit temperature of many millions of degrees and
    energies the equivalent of a billion megatons of TNT.
  • However, they happen on all scales we can see, and small ones might cause the heating of the corona.
  • They appear in all wavelengths of the light and are observed from the ground and in space.

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