NASA's SDO Captures a Monster Prominence [video]

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:


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.





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  • MSEC77 4y

    Simply beautiful!
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  • smgordon1259 4y

    anyone notice the backdraft effect? towards the middle of the vid the flames are sucked back into the plume.
  • Borek Lupomesky PRO 4y

    smgordon1259 I guess the plasma is just falling back. It doesn't follow ballistic trajectory but magnetic field's force lines, though.
  • Chip 4y

    Dramatic backgroud for this video. Music = from the movie sountrack - “”The Gladiator” (released in yr. “2000”) >>

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  • amanda.westwood 4y

    truly awe inspiring...that such a massive and violent natural function of a star can be so beautiful too
  • Vincent FAVRE 4y

    Fantastic document. Thank you.
  • Crystal Shei 4y

    this blows my mind
  • affmon 4y

    gostaria saber o tempo de duração de uma explosão destas
  • Homero Montemayor 4y

    just amazing and scary
  • mc777conor 4y

    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.
  • jehova's wonderfull works 4y

    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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  • ctjbush 3y

    Makes one wish we were further than 93 million miles away from the furnace.
  • nath michelet 2y

    The most amazing thing to ever have seen!
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