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From National Geographic Space Pictures This Week; May 11, 2013:
Solar Burst SDO/NASA
Solar material dances on the Sun in this image of a mid-level flare from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory taken May 3.
Known as a prominence eruption, the flare is a bright feature extending from the sun’s surface. It forms over the course of a day and erupts when the structure becomes unstable and releases the plasma held within.
An increase in solar flares is to be expected as the sun’s 11-year activity cycle ramps up toward the solar maximum, expected to reach its peak in late 2013.

From National Geographic Space Pictures This Week; May 11, 2013:

Solar Burst SDO/NASA

Solar material dances on the Sun in this image of a mid-level flare from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory taken May 3.

Known as a prominence eruption, the flare is a bright feature extending from the sun’s surface. It forms over the course of a day and erupts when the structure becomes unstable and releases the plasma held within.

An increase in solar flares is to be expected as the sun’s 11-year activity cycle ramps up toward the solar maximum, expected to reach its peak in late 2013.