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WATCH: NASA Video Captures Exploding Solar Flare

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    NASA captured video of the sun emitting a huge solar flare earlier this month.

    NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, tasked with constantly monitoring the sun, caught images of the massive eruption on June 18, 2015. The video is time-lapsed over four hours and shows powerful bursts emitting from the side of the sun.

    NASA called the eruption a "substantial coronal mass ejection" which means that it sent vast plumes of radiation out into space. The radiation cannot penetrate Earth's atmosphere to harm humans, but at high levels, solar flares can damage GPS and other communication signals.