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Science of the sun: Nasa releases solar flare footage

5 April 2014 Last updated at 13:51 BST

Nasa has released dramatic footage of a solar flare, captured by its Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The mid-level solar flare was emitted on 2 April, and reached peak intensity at 14:05 GMT.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation, producing a sudden brightening on the sun's surface.

Footage courtesy of Nasa