This Friday The 13th May Bring Intense Solar Flares, Communication Problems

Three strong flares that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday peaked at early hours of the day and knocked out radio communications for an hour. 

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    Three X-class flares erupted from the left side of the sun June 10-11. These images are from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and show light in a blend of two ultraviolet wavelengths: 171 and 131 Angstroms. The former is colorized in yellow, the latter in red.
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    A 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. This is classified as an X1.0 flare, shown in a blend of two wavelengths of light: 171 and 131 angstroms, colorized in gold and red, respectively.
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    The second X-class flare of June 10, 2014, appears as a bright flash on the left side of this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. This image shows light in the 131-angstrom wavelength, which is typically colorized in teal. It was captured at 8:57 a.m EDT, just after the flare peaked.
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    The second X-class flare of June 10, 2014, appears as a bright flash on the left side of this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. This image shows light in the 193-angstrom wavelength, which is typically colorized in yellow. It was captured at 8:55 a.m EDT, just after the flare peaked.
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