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Astronomy Cast

Wizzard Media

Science & Medicine, Natural Sciences

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Natural Sciences 9
Science & Medicine 29

Astronomy Cast brings you a weekly fact-based journey through the cosmos.

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Ep. 321: Solar Flares

November 18th, 2013

Episode 354 of 464 episodes

Sometimes the Sun is quiet, and other times the Sun gets downright unruly. During the peak of its 11-year cycle, the surface of the Sun is littered with darker sunspots. And its from these sunspots that the Sun generates massive solar flares, which can spew radiation and material in our direction. What causes these flares, and how worried should we be about them in our modern age of fragile technology?

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