NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captures stunning images of a solar flare which peaked on October 2nd. While intense flares can interfere with electronics and communications signals on Earth, this flare was M-class - just one-tenth as powerful as the biggest ones. Matthew Stock reports.
STORY: This stunning footage of an erupting solar flare on was recorded recently by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The flare peaked on October 2nd in a magnetically active region of the sun, according to NASA. Scientists are most concerned with the size and direction of the coronal mass ejections that accompany such flares. When intense enough, they can send billions of tonnes of solar particles into space, potentially disrupting electronic systems in satellites and on Earth. This flare, however, was designated M-class - just one-tenth as powerful as the most intense X-class flares.