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Sun-Earth Day 2009: Our Sun Yours to Discover.

Sun-Earth Day 2009: Our Sun Yours to Discover

IMAGE GALLERY

Composit of images of  the June 6, 2000 solar flare taken in white ligh tand ultraviolet (TRACE)
AURORA

A view of the aurora photographed by ISS astronaut Don Pettit in 2003 (Pettit: NASA)

NASA Fact

The most powerful solar flare in the last 500 years occurred on September 2, 1859 and was sighted by two astronomers who happened to be looking at the sun at exactly the right time!