Image: Antares and sunspots at sunrise

Jan 17, 2014
Credit: Dave Parrish Photography

An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen on the launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., on Jan. 8, 2014. Dark blemishes can be clearly seen on the face of the sun.  

These are an intense, magnetically complex sunspot group that erupted with solar flares and . The eruptions resulted in enough (SEP) funneling into near-Earth space that the Jan. 8 Antares launch was postponed, as the SEPs could have interfered with its computer systems.

The rocket launched successfully on Jan. 9.

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