Sun has biggest solar flare of the year
The bright spot near the center of the photo is a solar flare that NASA observed on Sunday.
February 15th, 2011
12:14 PM ET

Sun has biggest solar flare of the year

If you live at a high northern or southern latitude, watch for some spectacular lights in the sky Tuesday night.

The sun unleashed its strongest solar flare of the year Sunday, and the cloud of radiation it spewed will hit Earth's magnetic field Tuesday, NASA said.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a brief but intense flash signaling the ejection of a cloud of ultraviolet radiation.

The source of the flare, sunspot 1158, is growing rapidly, the observatory reported.

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  1. Beans

    For those who follow the bible, you know what is coming. No man knows the hour or the time but he will give us signs. Signs of the end times. If you know the word, you know it's close. May God have mercy upon us all........

    February 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. me

    Isn't this the plotline of knowing????
    the end is out for the whisper people.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pink Flareoid

    I'll see you on the dark side of the moon... hello, hello, hello... is there anybody in there???

    February 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. buffoon

    It's that time of the month! 🙂

    February 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mohamad

    Is it legal to marry a camel in america? I love Abu, my camel.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mohamad

    I like looooong slimey popsicles in my filthy mouth.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dominique

    Plan for eternity. Know for sure you are going to heaven. Appropriate God's promises to you.
    In the Bible God says (in the Book of Romans chapter 6 and verse 23): "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". As for any gift, Christ must be received by you. Ask Him to come into your life
    In the Gospel of John, chapter 3 verse 16 : " For God so loved the world (you) that he gave his only begotten sSon (Jesus-Christ) that whosoever (you) believeth in Him (JesusChrist) should not perish (go to Hell) but have everlasting life (eternity in Heaven with Him). Read the Bible. It has all the answers for life here and for eternity.

    February 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Bones

    The solar flare is just the first phase.

    The second phase involves the Gamma People taking over all the Sizzler steakhouses.

    You know about the Gamma People, don't you?

    February 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eieiooooo

    Does this mean that AT&T's already horrible phone reception will get even worse? OYE! LOL

    February 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar


    February 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ELH

    All of us just put our hands up and shade our eyes all at the same time. Nothing to worry about. Or, just wait till night when God turns the sun off.

    February 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • christ of jesus

      hell yea! hell is going to be a party! can't wait to drink brewskies with satan =)

      February 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Commojoe

      C of J,
      I'm sure you'll get your wish, though you might have second thoughts right afterward

      February 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Phil

    Of course theres flare, ptobabally worked ar Fridays.

    February 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • M22


      February 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angelique

      Opice Sfface!

      February 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Callen

      chotchkies flair I have 13 pieces.

      February 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nolan

    Biggest of the year!!! wow that must be big considering we are just 1 and a half months into it... Come on CNN, its not that big of a deal.

    February 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logical


      No but really OMGZ we are going to die!!!!!1! Solar flares and end of the world conspiracy theoriez!!1!!!!!!

      February 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • leonids7310

      actually it was the strongest flare in more than 4 years...

      February 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. What a coincidence.

    I was just thinking the sun needed more flare.

    February 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |

    do i need to drink some more suntan lotion.. ? you suckers are going to be sorry when you all get fried up... i drink a few ounces of suntan lotion and sleep in my asbestos suit that way the suns rays cant get em..

    February 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Petrus

      don't forget your tin foil hat

      February 16, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
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