In 1859, the United States witnessed one of the largest solar flares in history. One of the massive ejections of electrons, ions, and atoms came dangerously close to earth. Fortunately, it was the 1800s and we weren't too dependent on electricity, meaning the flares had little to no effect on our every day life. Nowadays, however, with our lives hardwired into the electricity grid, giant solar flares have the ability to seriously disrupt our lives. Over the past year, we've witnessed our fair share of huge solar flares with the biggest ones taking place in February and June. Scientists believe there will be no more solar flares of note for the rest of the year, but that 2012 and 2013 may hold some crazy flares the likes of which we've never before seen. Before that happens, take a look at the 10 Craziest Solar Flare Pictures for this past year. 

Tags: space, sun, solar-flare, science
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