Image: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (9 March 2011).
NASA just reported that the Sun erupted with a flare in the highest range. About an hour ago, the Solar Dynamics Observatory posted the following updates on their social networks links: "We are still analyzing but it appears we just had a X-class solar flare ... The flare originated from Active Region 1166. Here [shown above] is a close-up as seen through the AIA 335 Angstroms. [T]his one is almost front center. We will experience some impact. We are still analyzing all the data."