The solar flare pictured above erupted from the sun this week causing radiation storms that could affect Earth. Though solar flares are often described in somewhat apocalyptic language — the sun is “exhaling its fury towards Earth” writes The Washington Post Tuesday — this one will probably only briefly disruptGPS users and power grids later this week. Meanwhile we’re struck as always by the dazzling visual it produced.
[Image: Associated Press/NASA]
Beautiful and mostly harmless solar flares are my favorite kind of solar flares.
I heard that a giant gaseous orb had erupted noxious heat into the solar system and I thought, “Jesus, enough about Rush already.”