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Press cutting: In the Sun's cauldron

1 December 2006

The Hinode spacecraft, a joint Japanese, British and American project … will watch at close hand the massively explosive solar flares that erupt from the Sun's surface and rise into interstellar space.

The flares release as much energy as a billion megatons of TNT in the form of radiation, high-energy particles and magnetic fields. …

Professor Louise Harra, of UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, said: "Solar flares are fast and furious. They can cause communication black-outs on Earth within 30 minutes of a flare erupting. It's imperative that we understand what triggers these events with the ultimate aim of being able to predict them with greater accuracy."

'The Daily Telegraph'