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Biggest Solar Flares of 2014: Sun Storm Photos

  • X3.1 Solar Flare of Oct. 24, 2014

    A massive X3.1 solar flare erupts from the giant sunspot AR 12192 on Oct. 24, 2014 in this close-up view from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft that constantly watches Earth's nearest star.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X3.1 Solar Flare of Oct. 24, 2014: Full Disk

    This full-disk image of the sun shows the location of the major X3.1 solar flare (lower right) on Oct. 24, 2014. The solar flare erupted from the largest sunspot on the sun in 24 years.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • M8.7 Class Solar Flare on Oct. 21, 2014

    M8.7 Class Solar Flare on Oct. 21, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X1.6 Class Flare on Oct. 22, 2014

    X1.6 Class Flare on Oct. 22, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X-Class Solar Flare of Oct. 19, 2014

    X-Class Solar Flare of Oct. 19, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO/LMSAL
  • Solar Flare on Oct. 2, 2014

    Solar Flare on Oct. 2, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X-Flare of Sept. 10, 2014

    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of the sun's major X1.6-class solar flare on Sept. 10, 2014. The solar flare originated near the center of the sun, as seen from Earth, and released the flare in Earth's direction.
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    CREDIT: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • X1.6 Solar Flare Yellow-Green: Sept. 10, 2014

    The active sunspot AR2158 is seen firing off a massive X1.6-class solar flare (top left) in this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Sept. 10, 2014. The spacecraft monitors the sun in many different wavelengths.
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    CREDIT: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • X-Class Flare of Sept. 10, 2014

    X-Class Flare of Sept. 10, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • Close-up of X-Class Flare of Sept. 10, 2014

    Close-up of X-Class Flare of Sept. 10, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • 3 X-Class Solar Flares in 2 Days

    Three X-class flares erupted from the left side of the sun June 10-11, 2014. These images are from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and show light in a blend of two ultraviolet wavelengths: 171 and 131 angstroms.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X1 Solar Flare of June 11, 2014

    An X1 solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun in this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 11, 2014, at 9:05 a.m. EDT.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO/Goddard
  • Second X-Class Flare of June 10, 2014

    Second X-Class Flare of June 10, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X2.2 Solar Flare of June 10, 2014: Wavelengths

    A massive X2.2 solar flare erupts off the left limb of the sun in this view captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 10, 2014, at 7:41 a.m. EDT.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger
  • X2.2 Solar Flare of June 10, 2014

    A major X2.2-class solar flare erupts on the sun on June 10, 2014 in this view from NASA's space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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    CREDIT: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • X2.2 Solar Flare of June 10, 2014: Full Disk

    NASA's powerful Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this full-disk view of the sun's major X2.2 solar flare on June 10, 2014.
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    CREDIT: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • X1.3 Solar Flare of 2014

    An X1.3-class solar flare (far right) erupts from the surface of the sun on April 24, 2014 EDT  (April 25 GMT).
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    CREDIT: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • X1.3 Solar Flare of April 24, 2014: Full Disk

    A full-disk view of the sun as an X1.3-class solar flare (far right) erupts on April 24, 2014 EDT (April 25 GMT).
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    CREDIT: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • X1 Solar Flare of March 29, 2014

    X1 Solar Flare of March 29, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • Sun Emits a Mid-Level Solar Flare

    Sun Emits a Mid-Level Solar Flare
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X1 Solar Flare of March 29, 2014: Full Disk View

    X1 Solar Flare of March 29, 2014: Full Disk View
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X4.9 Solar Flare of Feb. 24/25 2014

    A giant solar flare, an X4.9-class sun storm, erupts from the sun at 00:49 GMT on Tuesday, Feb. 25 (7:49 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 EST). This image of the flare was captured by NASA's sun-watching Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • Giant Solar Flare: X4.9 Sun Storm

    A massive X4.9 solar flare erupts from a long-lived sunspot on the sun at 00:49 GMT on Tuesday, Feb. 25 (7:49 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 EST) in this view from one of many light wavelength observations by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • First Moments of a Solar Flare in Different Wavelengths of Light

    First Moments of a Solar Flare in Different Wavelengths of Light
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X-Class Solar Flare Composite Image, Feb. 24, 2014.

    X-Class Solar Flare Composite Image, Feb. 24, 2014.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X-Class Solar Flare Cropped Image, Feb. 24, 2014.

    X-Class Solar Flare Cropped Image, Feb. 24, 2014.
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    CREDIT: Credit: NASA/SDO
  • X-Class Solar Flare, Feb. 24, 2014, 7:45 p.m. EST

    X-Class Solar Flare, Feb. 24, 2014, 7:45 p.m. EST
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X-Class Solar Flare Cropped, Feb. 24, 2014, 7:45 p.m. EST

    X-Class Solar Flare Cropped, Feb. 24, 2014, 7:45 p.m. EST
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    CREDIT: An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014. This composite image, captured at 7:45 p.m. EST, shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Angstroms.
  • X 4.9 Flare in 131 Angstrom Light

    X 4.9 Flare in 131 Angstrom Light
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X 4.9 Flare in 171 Angstrom Light

    X 4.9 Flare in 171 Angstrom Light
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X 4.9 Flare in 193 Angstrom Light

    X 4.9 Flare in 193 Angstrom Light
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X 4.9 Flare in 335 Angstrom Light

    X 4.9 Flare in 335 Angstrom Light
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X 4.9 Flare in 94 Angstrom Light

    X 4.9 Flare in 94 Angstrom Light
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • Early Stages of the Feb. 25, 2014 X 4.9 Flare

    Early Stages of the Feb. 25, 2014 X 4.9 Flare
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • SOHO Coronagraph View of O-Type CME, Feb. 25, 2014

    SOHO Coronagraph View of O-Type CME, Feb. 25, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA&ESA/SOHO
  • NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Sees a Solar Flare and a Lunar Transit

    NASA'sSolar Dynamics Observatory Sees a Solar Flare and a Lunar Transit
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • Close-Up of Solar Flare Seen by Solar Dynamics Observatory on Jan. 30, 2014

    Close-Up of Solar Flare Seen by Solar Dynamics Observatory on Jan. 30, 2014
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • Sunspot AR 1944 Seen in Mississauga, Ontario

    Sunspot AR 1944 Seen in Mississauga, Ontario
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    CREDIT: Andrew Kwon
  • Sunspot AR 1944 by Petricca

    Sunspot AR 1944 by Petricca
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    CREDIT: Giuseppe Petricca
  • Sunspot AR 1944 Seen in Sulmona, Italy

    Sunspot AR 1944 Seen in Sulmona, Italy
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    CREDIT: Giuseppe Petricca
  • Setting Sun with Sunspot AR 1944 HDR Filtered by Petricca

    Setting Sun with Sunspot AR 1944 HDR Filtered by Petricca
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    CREDIT: Giuseppe Petricca
  • X1.2 Solar Flare: Jan. 7, 2014

    This NASA view combines two images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured on Jan. 7, 2014. Together, the images show the location of a giant sunspot group on the sun, and the position of an X-class flare that erupted at 1:32 p.m. EST.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X1.2 Solar Flare Sunspots: Jan. 7, 2014

    This labeled image taken by SDO's Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager shows the location of two active regions on the sun, labeled AR1944 and AR1943, which straddle a giant sunspot complex. A Jan. 7, 2014, X1.2-class flare emanated from an area closer to AR1
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • X1.2 Solar Flare Full Sun: Jan. 7, 2014

    This full-sun view combines two images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured on Jan. 7, 2014. Together, the images show the location of a giant sunspot group on the sun, and the position of an X-class flare that erupted at 1:32 p.m. EST.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • Large Sunspot: January 2014 Solar Flares

    The large sunspot near the center of the sun is part of an active region that produced a mid-strength solar flare on Jan. 7, 2014. An outline of the flare can be seen in the overlay. The sunspot group is some seven Earth's across.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • M7.2 Solar Flare on Jan. 7, 2014

    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which captures an image of the sun every 1.5 seconds, shows a mid-level M7.2-class solar flare at the center of the sun on Jan. 7, 2014.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • 2014 New Year's Day Solar Flare: M9.9

    Several wavelengths of light are combined in this New Year's Day solar flare image, categorized as an M9.9 and peaking at 1:52 p.m. EST on Jan. 1, 2014.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • 2014 New Year's Day Solar Flare: M9.9 (Full Disk)

    Several wavelengths of light combine in this full disk version of a New Year's Day solar flare, categorized as an M9.9 and peaking at 1:52 p.m. EST on Jan. 1, 2014.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • Active Sunspots: January 2014

    Several sunspot regions on the sun are visible in this image was captured on Jan. 2, 2014, by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory’s Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager, or HMI, instrument, designed to study the magnetic field at the solar surface, or photosphe
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO/HMI
  • New Year's Eve Solar Flare: M6.4 on 12/31/13

    An M6.4 class solar flare erupts from the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which was captured on Dec. 31, at 4:59 p.m. EST.
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO
  • Giant Sunspot Makes Third Trip Across the Sun

    Giant Sunspot Makes Third Trip Across the Sun
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO/Goddard Space Flight Center
Our sun is an active star and follows an 11-year space weather cycle. See photos of the sun's activity in 2014 in this Space.com gallery. HERE: A massive X3.1 solar flare erupts from the giant sunspot AR 12192 on Oct. 24, 2014. It erupted from the largest sunspot in 24 years. Read the Full Story.

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