Image: Sun releases strong solar flare
The Sun emitted a strong solar flare, peaking at 3:16 p.m. ET on Feb. 17, 2023. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare—as seen in the bright flash in the upper left—on Feb. 17, 2023.
The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and which is colorized in teal.
This flare is classified as an X2.2 flare. X-class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength.
Provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center