NASA's SDO Captures a Monster Prominence [video]

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NASA image captured Feb. 24, 2011

To see an image showing the size of the prominence in comparison to the size of earth click here.

To view a high res still from this event go here: www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/5483196119/

When a rather large-sized (M 3.6 class) flare occurred near the edge of the Sun, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period (Feb. 24, 2011). This event was captured in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft . Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface. Because SDO images are super-HD, we can zoom in on the action and still see exquisite details. And using a cadence of a frame taken every 24 seconds, the sense of motion is, by all appearances, seamless. Sit back and enjoy the jaw-dropping solar show.

Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

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  1. MSEC77 49 months ago | reply

    Simply beautiful!

  2. Avi79 49 months ago | reply

    Brilliant!

  3. smgordon1259 48 months ago | reply

    anyone notice the backdraft effect? towards the middle of the vid the flames are sucked back into the plume.

  4. Borek Lupomesky 48 months ago | reply

    I guess the plasma is just falling back. It doesn't follow ballistic trajectory but magnetic field's force lines, though.

  5. Chip_n_thePNW 48 months ago | reply

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  6. amanda.westwood 48 months ago | reply

    truly awe inspiring...that such a massive and violent natural function of a star can be so beautiful too

  7. Vincent Favre 48 months ago | reply

    Fantastic document. Thank you.

  8. Crystalshei 47 months ago | reply

    this blows my mind

  9. affmon 45 months ago | reply

    gostaria saber o tempo de duração de uma explosão destas

  10. Homero.Montemayor 45 months ago | reply

    just amazing and scary

  11. mc777conor 44 months ago | reply

    At 16 seconds and a frame every 24 seconds assuming the fps is around 60 to 30, this video could have taken anywhere between 3.2 and 6.4 hours to capture.

  12. jehova's wonderfull works 42 months ago | reply

    flare that u se is only a fragment of JEHOVAH's wonderful and unsearchable works.

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    Wow, imagine how big those flames are, that is insane!
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  15. ctjbush 29 months ago | reply

    Makes one wish we were further than 93 million miles away from the furnace.

  16. nath michelet 15 months ago | reply

    The most amazing thing to ever have seen!

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