Solar Flare

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The sun sends a giant solar flare Earth's way, and it arrives a bit earlier than expected. Particles and radiation clouds accompanying the flare had less effect on the planet's magnetosphere than scientists had previously feared. The fast-moving cloud is the largest to hit Earth in years.

Paal Brekke
*Solar Physicist with the European Space Agency
*Works at the Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, MD
* Deputy Project Scientist, SOHO



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