Sun releases first major solar flare of 2014 - CBS46 News

Sun releases first major solar flare of 2014

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The sun released the first major solar flare of 2014 on Tuesday.

The eruption occurred at 1:32 p.m. and could produce problems on Earth through Friday.

When solar flares head for Earth, they can typically disrupt communication systems, including GPS, airline and military communication.

Solar flares can also disrupt power grids and put astronauts in orbit at risk.

The space flight company Orbital Sciences had to postpone a cargo mission to the International Space Station as a result of the flare.

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center is tasked with monitoring and forecasting solar flares to reduce their impact on Earth.

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