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X6.9 Solar Flare!

9 Aug 2011, 11:59 UTC
X6.9 Solar Flare!
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The largest solar flare yet this solar cycle occurred this morning, August 9, 2011 at 8:05 UT. This flare had a GOES X-ray magnitude of X6.9, meaning it was more than 3 times larger than the previous largest flare of this solar cycle - the X2.2 that occurred on Feb 15, 2011. Stay tuned for movies of this flare!

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