NASA's guide to solar flares

By Phil Plait | August 12, 2011 10:53 am

What with all the fun excitement blasting away from the Sun the past few days, now is a good time to point you toward this excellent guide to solar flares and their classification, presented by the good folks at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center:

Now I don’t have to always define what this all means every time the Sun flips its lid over the next couple of years. I like it when my tax money makes my life easier.

Tip o’ the lead apron to Scott Wiessenger.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff
MORE ABOUT: GSFC, solar flare

Comments (3)

  1. Great explanatory video there – thanks for sharing this. :-)

  2. RwFlynn

    I love Goddard’s videos. They’re always so informative, yet entertaining. A while ago they made one that looked like a Portal 2 Promo spoof.

  3. Smith Powell

    What is the origin of the classification scheme? Do the letters (B, C, M, X) signify anything? If so, what?


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