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Last Post 10/27/2014 1:07 PM by  Claire Raftery
Solar Flares
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10/26/2014 9:14 PM
    What causes a Solar Flare and how far does it go into space?
    Tags: CME, flare

    Dawn Myers

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    10/27/2014 12:14 PM
    A solar flare occurs when built up magnetic energy in the solar atmosphere is suddenly released. The theory is that these eruptions occur because of what is called magnetic reconnection.

    Claire Raftery

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    10/27/2014 1:07 PM
    For the most part, a *flare* refers to a sudden release of light and energy that doesn't leave the vicinity of the Sun. The material that travels through space is called a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME for short) and they can reach all the way out past Earth. Flares and CMEs are related but not the same thing. They often occur together though, which can get confusing.
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