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Sun-Earth Day 2009: Our Sun Yours to Discover

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Active Region 9415 on 10 April 2001 at 06:00 UT in 171 (characteristic of emission from gas at 1 million Kelvin). The field of view is 232,000 by 174,000 km; the image was rotated over +120 degrees. These loops are the result of an X2.3 flare that started at 05:06 UT. The flare showed a classic double ribbon structure. As the ribbons spread apart with time the post-flare arcade of cooling, draining loops was formed, expanding with time

NASA Fact

On April 8, 1947, the largest sunspot in modern history reached its maximum size of over 330 times Earth's area.