NASA's Footage of a Massive X-Class Solar Flare

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NASA has been tracking a major sunspot, Active Region 1429, which released this X5.4 solar flare on March 6. "Stay tuned for more from this very active sunspot," NASA says.

The sun's surface has been especially active for the past few months, with solar storms erupting in January. We even made a highlight reel of some of NASA's most spectacular clips:

 

The spike in solar activity could have major consequences for life on Earth, Gregg Easterbrook writes in "Star Power," in The Atlantic, but so far the solar storms' impact here has not been as disruptive as some have predicted. 

For more videos from NASA, visit http://www.nasa.gov/.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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