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Powerful solar flare erupts on surface of the Sun

17 April 2012 Last updated at 17:41 BST

Nasa has released timelapse images of a powerful solar flare that unleashed an eruption of super-heated plasma from the surface of the Sun.

The flare was recorded by Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, which is part of a five year mission focused on the Sun.

Ben Brown and Joanna Gosling describe the blast of the flare.