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X2.7 Solar Flare of May 5, 2015
This image of an X2.7 solar flare (visible on left side of sun) was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on May 5, 2015.
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Update: The Slooh webcast of May 6 has ended. The next skywatching webcast will be detailed here as events warrant. The sun fired off its most powerful flare of the year Tuesday evening (May 5). At 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) today (May 6), astronomers will discuss the eruption and show live views of our star during a webcast hosted by the Slooh Community Observatory. Slooh is an online skywatching service that provides access to remotely operated telescopes for members seeking high-quality views of the night sky. You can watch the free Slooh sun webcast directly from Slooh at http://www.slooh.com.

Editor's Update: You can see the latest on Slooh webcasts at: http://www.slooh.com.

"Just when we thought that the maximum peak of solar cycle number 24 was behind us, the sun is coming up with violent surprises," Slooh astronomer Bob Berman said. "It will be fun to watch, and share with Slooh’s members and the public, using special narrow band pass filters."

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