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NASA captures pictures of a "Solar Flare"

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 1:30pm

NATIONAL (FOX44) - NASA has released video of a spectacular solar flare that happened on June 7th.

At its peak, the medium-sized solar flare looked like it covered half the sun's surface.

These images were recorded in extreme ultraviolet light by an orbiting satellite called the Solar Dynamic Observatory show the flare at its peak.

A press released from NASA said solar energy released by the event could give the Earth's magnetic field a "glancing blow" on June 8th or June 9th.

It's not expected to cause a major impact on Earth, but the National Weather Service predicts a small effect on satellites and some power grids.

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