Source – Before its News
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
On Jan. 28, scientists spotted a magnetically active region on the sun and focused IRIS on it to see how the solar material behaved under intense magnetic forces. At 2:40 p.m. EST, a moderate flare, labeled an M-class flare — which is the second strongest class flare after X-class – erupted from the area, sending light and x-rays into space.
IRIS Close-up of a Solar Flare (1/3)
IRIS Close-up of a Solar Flare (2/3)
IRIS Close-up of a Solar Flare (3/3)
Credit: NASA/IRIS/SDO/Goddard Space Flight Center