solar flare

noun

Definition of solar flare

: a sudden temporary outburst of energy from a small area of the sun's surface

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Examples of solar flare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best, most intense auroras appear when Earth is subjected to an onslaught from a solar flare. Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic, "Solar flares, explained," 30 Apr. 2019 Occasionally, large eruptions from the surface of the sun—called solar flares—can send huge plumes of magnetic material hurtling toward Earth. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How the Sun Set Off Dozens of Mines During the Vietnam War," 9 Nov. 2018 During solar-particle events, sometimes known as solar flares, radiation is especially high—though these are unusual, and often hard to plan around. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "The health risks of ultra-long-haul flights," 22 Aug. 2019 Sunday Sun-day Sundae includes short talks about the Sun, tours of our historic buildings, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares from an 1845 telescope (weather permitting). Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 29-Aug. 4," 29 July 2019 Using this evidence, Saxena and his colleagues ran simulations that showed how solar activity can either deposit or strip the moon of these minerals, and then incorporated data about the relationship between solar flares and stellar rotation rates. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve," 16 July 2019 Porrazzo is part of the solar flare in Minnesota, the nation’s leader in solar gardens. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Solar flare: Minnesota leads nation in solar mini-gardens," 28 July 2019 This heightened high-concept magical dramedy presents the idea that a weird electrical blip/solar flare causes electricity all over the world to go out, while simultaneously wiping our collective consciousness clean of all traces of the Beatles. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘Yesterday’ movie review: Nothing makes sense or is explained, but there’s Beatles music," 26 June 2019 Learn how to locate, observe and understand sunspots, solar flares and our relationship with the cosmos. Ramona Sentinel, "Two nonprofits to stage AnomaR arts festival," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of solar flare

1938, in the meaning defined above

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