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A violent explosion that occurs on the surface of the Sun as a result of the sudden release of magnetic energy. This release is caused by the interaction of the Sun's magnetic field with its fluid core, which produces a build-up of magnetic energy. This energy eventually reaches the surface of the Sun and passess into its corona, its less dense atmosphere, and is released out into space. Solar flares carry cosmic radiation, which has numerous negative effects on the human body as well as man-made equipment. Space colonies and bases continuously monitor solar flare activity in order to predict when large doses of radiation will be released.