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Images of the sun taken during this week’s solar storms

Images of the sun taken during this week’s solar storms

Images of the sun taken during this week’s solar storms

During this week there have been huge solar storms on the sun – and NASA has produced some incredible Images of the sun. They captured the sun in all its violent glory, with its surface a maelstrom of activity. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is able to differentiate between different temperature levels on the sun, so it’s able to take beautiful kaleidoscopic pictures.

images of the sun: This image combines three images with different, but very similar, temperatures

Rising Sun: This image combines three images with different, but very similar, temperatures

images of the sun: The dark areas - called coronal holes - are places where very little radiation is emitted, yet are the main source of solar wind particles

Swirling: The dark areas – called coronal holes – are places where very little radiation is emitted, yet are the main source of solar wind particles

This picture highlights the outer atmosphere of the Sun - called the corona - as well as hot flare plasma

This picture highlights the outer atmosphere of the Sun – called the corona – as well as hot flare plasma

This flare was categorized as an X5.4, making it the second largest flare — after an X6.9 on August 9, 2011 — since the sun’s activity segued into a period of relatively low activity called solar minimum in early 2007.

extreme ultraviolet wavelength

extreme ultraviolet wavelength

This extreme ultraviolet wavelength image provided by NASA provides another look at a solar flare, which could also force airlines to reroute.

color-coded image

color-coded image

This color-coded image combines observations made by Nasa in several extreme ultraviolet wavelengths, highlighting a bright X-class flare toward the upper left on March 6.

Solar flares are often associated with solar magnetic storms known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs)

Solar flares are often associated with solar magnetic storms known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs)/caption]

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Minimal disruption: Apart from a brief radio blackout we were spared any major electrical problems from the solar flares this week.

images of the sun

The Sun in extreme ultraviolet light captures a dark coronal hole just about at the Sun’s centre

Action hotting up: Activity on the sun will peak next year

Action hotting up: Activity on the sun will peak next year

Action hotting up: Activity on the sun will peak next year

Action hotting up: Activity on the sun will peak next year

This picture shows a web-like pattern of bright areas that highlight places where bundles of magnetic field lines are concentrated

This picture shows a web-like pattern of bright areas that highlight places where bundles of magnetic field lines are concentrated

Solar wind shapes the Earth's magnetosphere and magnetic storms are illustrated here as approaching Earth

Solar wind shapes the Earth’s magnetosphere and magnetic storms are illustrated here as approaching Earth

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