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Largest solar flares in a decade burst forth during the Sun's "quiet" time

Currently, the Sun is supposed to be entering the quietest phase of its 11-year cycle, but that hasn't stopped it from blasting forth some of the largest solar flares on record. Sunspot region 2673 has now turned away from Earth, but not before unleashing several X-class flares over the past week, one of which is the largest in over a decade and one of the top 10 since records began.
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