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Did you know that the sun ejects massive bursts of magnetic energy into space? Serious damage is in store for anything in its path. Sometimes, it’s us. While Earth does have a protective shield that deflects solar wind, some radiation will enter our atmosphere. This video shows the cycle of radiation, from its violent release to its importance on Earth.

Curious about the sun’s solar bursts, how big they can get and when they’re most likely to occur? I got you covered.