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How Big Are Solar Flares?

With the recent activity on the Sun, we’ve used the words “massive” or “huge” to describe solar flares. But just how big are they, really? This great video explains and illustrates the actual size of solar flares.

Thanks to Scott Stevenson for creating and sending us the video. Scott notes that text subtitles are available if you click on the “CC” button on the bottom of the video screen, making this informative video accessible to a wider audience.

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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Anonymous August 8, 2011, 9:53 PM

    Excellent video for some true mind-blowing perspective! Thanks. I feel positively sub-atomic in size after watching that!

  • Anonymous August 8, 2011, 9:53 PM

    Excellent video for some true mind-blowing perspective! Thanks. I feel positively sub-atomic in size after watching that!

  • Anonymous August 9, 2011, 6:14 PM

    Nice clip, but I also want to note that most of the solar flare actual.falls back again.

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