Solar Flare

M9.3 Class Solar Flare

New video taken on July 29,2011, by SDO in extreme ultraviolet light shows the M9.3 class solar flare generated by sunspot 1261. M9.3 flare began at about 10:02 p.m. EDT and ended around 10:12 p.m. EDT on July 29, 2011. Sunspot 1261 has a beta gamma delta magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. Because the location of the eruption and its sunspot  at  that time,  the associated  high-energy  particles went wide of Earth and had little terrestrial effects. The region that unleashed the flare has now rotated to be facing Earth and possesses the kind of magnetic field characteristics that could produce more solar storms.