May 14, 2013
First X-Class Solar Flares of 2013
On May 12-13 the sun erupted with an X1.7-class and an X2.8-class flare as well as two coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, off the upper left side of the sun. Solar material also danced and blew off the sun in what’s called a prominence eruption, both in that spot and on the lower right side of the sun. This movie compiles imagery of this activity from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and from the ESA/NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory.