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Space photos of the day 08/03

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In this x-ray photo provided by NASA, the sun is shown early in the morning of Aug. 1. The dark arc near the top right edge of the image is a filament of plasma blasting off the surface - part of the coronal mass ejection. The bright region is an unassociated solar flare. When particles from the eruption reach Earth on the evening of Aug. 3-4, they may trigger a brilliant auroral display known as the Northern Lights.

PHOTO: NASA/AP

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