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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

More on last night's solar flare...

The sprawling active region is at least five times larger than Earth and could still be growing, said Yihua Zheng, a lead researcher at the Space Weather Center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

"This region has given off an X-class flare, M-class flares and C-class flares, so this region definitely has the potential to spit out something bad," Zheng told Space.com. "It has to do with the location on the sun — right now, it's a little bit off where if a CME did hit Earth, it would be a glancing blow."

"There is the potential for more impacts, and this region is rotating from the east limb across the solar disk toward the west, so we're getting closer to the central meridian," Zheng explained. "If something were to erupt there, it would be bad for us on Earth."

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