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December 06, 2006|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

The biggest solar flare in years erupted from the sun at 5:35 a.m. yesterday. The blast of X-ray energy was rated at X-9 -- the highest ranking. It sprang from a sunspot labeled 929, which is now coming into full view on the east (left) side of the sun. Scientists will be watching for more flares as the sun spins and turns 929 in our direction. Big, Earth-directed flares can pose radiation hazards for astronauts. NASA plans a shuttle launch tomorrow to the International Space Station.

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