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First Solar Radiation Storm of Solar Cycle 24
August 16, 2010
This video was taken by SDO's AIA at a wavelength of 211 Angstroms. Credit: NASA/SDO

On Saturday, August 14, a small solar flare erupted on the Sun at about 6 a.m. EDT. Associated with this flare was a coronal mass ejection (CME) that was partially directed towards the Earth. The only impacts expected for a solar radiation storm of this magnitude are minor impacts to high frequency radio communications in the polar regions.
 

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