‘Giant Flare’ : The Fraction Of A Second When Half A Million Years Of Sunlight Flashed Earth

February 18, 2011

[ This just in from the Daily Mail’s Cosmosology Bureau ]

It came from a distant constellation 50,000 light years away – but its impact could be seen with the human eye.

Earth has been zapped by a ‘giant flare’ which was the equivalent of half a million years of sunlight in just a fraction of a second.

Over as quickly as it started: The moment the energy burst lit up Earth's atmosphere

So powerful was the energy pulse that it bounced off the Moon and lit up the Earth’s atmosphere,

Nasa said.

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