The sun unleashes an X class solar flare on Sep. 10, 2014

Part of the sun on Sep. 10, 2014

Sunspot AR2158 unleashed an X1.6 class solar flare today. The pic above was created from four separate photogenic frames at different times from the video below and look at the area around sunspot AR2158. Earth is used as a scale. The pic looks at the sun in the 304, 171, 131, and 335 Angstrom wavelengths of light.

Here’s a video of a coronal mass ejection (CME) that the sun unleashed right after the X class solar flare.

Here’s a composite image of the sun just before the X class solar flare reached its maximum intensity level.

Composite image of the sun on Sep. 10, 2014

Photo credits: NASA/SDO