Mixed-up sunspot emits powerful solar flare:

A mixed-up region of sunspots pointed almost directly at Earth has just emitted a major solar flare, which could cause havoc with power grids and communication networks over the next few days.

NASA’s: Solar Dynamic Observatory: (SDO) first detected the sunspot area designated AR3006 (“AR” stands for “active region”) several days ago; now the region is located near the center of the sun’s visible disk.

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