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Major Solar Flare Erupts from the Sun, Strongest of 2013

This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a colossal X1.7-class solar flare erupting from the sun at 10:17 p.m. EDT on May 12, 2013 (Mother's Day). It is the strongest solar flare of 2013 so far.

Spectacular solar storms

See stunning photos of solar storms.