Bruce Murray Space Image Library

X-class solar flare, October 25, 2013

X-class solar flare, October 25, 2013
X-class solar flare, October 25, 2013 2013 marks the peak of the Sun's 11-year solar activity cycle. The Sun put out several X-class solar flares in October, including this one on October 25. The images for this photo were taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory at 15:00 UTC through several ultraviolet filters. NASA / GSFC / Emily Lakdawalla

The image is composed of an RGB stack of images taken through filters with wavelengths of 211, 193, and 131 nanometers. A fourth image, taken through a 304-nanometer filter, was dropped on top as a transparent overlay to add the granular texture of the solar photosphere.

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