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article imageSun unleashes massive class C3 solar eruption, will not hit Earth

By Andrew Moran     Sep 12, 2010 in Science
A few days ago, the Sun unleashed a massive solar flare when a "wispy tendril erupted." The solar eruption is not expected to hit Earth because it was aimed away from our planet. If it did, it would just cause bright auroras.
The Sun has entered an active 11-year period where it is able to shoot out solar flares that could hit planet Earth. Solar storms can knock out satellites, which would then shutdown mobile phones, cable, the Internet and even electric power grids.
On Wednesday, the Sun unleashed a powerful solar flare, according to Space. The storm was classified as a C3 class fare and shot out from a sunspot location known as sunspot 1105. The solar flare isn’t expected to hit Earth because it was aimed away from our planet.
“Just as sunspot 1105 was turning away from Earth on Sept. 8, the active region erupted, producing a solar flare and a fantastic prominence,” NASA said in a statement issued on Thursday. “The eruption also hurled a bright coronal mass ejection into space. The eruption was not directed toward any planets."
Solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M or X of between 100 and 800 picometer X-rays (each class has a peak flux). C classifications are powerful but cannot do more than create bright auroras on Earth.
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