NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a flare near the edge of the Sun on February 24, 2011 that blew out swirling and twisting mass of erupting plasma for almost 90 minutes, NASA informed on its official site.
Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface, NASA said in a statement, adding that last Thursday's solar flare was rather large-sized flare.
Though no threat has been reported from the recent flare, solar flares are supposed to be dangerous, if aimed at Earth.
NASA said that the Thursday flare was in opposite direction and it didn't pose threat to satellites.
A solar flare or stellar flare is a large explosion in a star's atmosphere resulting in release of abundant energy. In case of Solar System's Sun, if explosion happened towards the earth, it could disrupt radio waves and other devices.
Here's a gorgeous 16- second view of the waving flames off the Sun's surface, with exquisite details (Video Credit: NASA/SDO)