An X1.4 class flare erupted from the center of the sun, peaking on July 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM EDT. It erupted from Active Region 1520 which rotated into view on July 6. A blast of charged solar ... more 
An X1.4 class flare erupted from the center of the sun, peaking on July 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM EDT. It erupted from Active Region 1520 which rotated into view on July 6. A blast of charged solar particles from a solar storm was due to arrive July 14 and shake Earth's magnetic field. less 
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Thu, Jul 12, 2012 2:48 PM EDT