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Spectacular solar scene: Burst of radiation erupts from sun

NASA unveiled incredible footage of a solar flare erupting from the surface of the sun. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the mid-level flair peaked at 10:05 am (EDT) on April 2.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation from the sun. Harmful radiation from these flares do not affect humans as they cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere.

However, they can interrupt the layer where GPS and communication signals travel when intense enough.

The April 2 flare is classified as an M6.5 -- a mid-sized flare that is ten times less powerful than most intense flares.