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

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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  1. Dale wants a better screen name... Photography 49 months ago | reply

    Wow, just wow.

    Not the video, the comments.

    The video's ok.

  2. Steve Davis-Je suis Peppermint Patty 49 months ago | reply

    I thought crazy was associated with the moon.

  3. marry-go-round 49 months ago | reply

    wanna see the sketches on how UFO spaceships drive by mirroring on the sky ? look they're flickerin' shinny behave mirrorlikedrive them do it ! Seee...ESP extra sensory perception - seeing and understanding !
    www.kosmitaprzyjaciel.wordpress.com

  4. marry-go-round 49 months ago | reply

    anglin' the mirror they reflect the distance ...ufos

  5. dampankle [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

    lol. my friend, you've got some serious mental issues that need sorting out.

  6. marry-go-round 49 months ago | reply

    Am going slightly mad...long live Freddy Mercury ! Hay Guys this is KGB ! U are under arrest ! just kiddin' just married

  7. Dale wants a better screen name... Photography 49 months ago | reply

    UFO's spaships, sun mirroring, either you're crazy as a loon or...

    Omigod, it's Al-Queda, come to steal our moon rocks.

    Ruuuuunnnnnnn!!!!!!119u870

  8. Rick-0724 49 months ago | reply

    Time to get out the tinfoil hat.

  9. NASA Goddard Photo and Video 49 months ago | reply

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

  10. Dale wants a better screen name... Photography 49 months ago | reply

    This just in, President Obama has withdrawn all funding for NASA.

    He felt it was the only sensible thing to do after the Flickr community failed to take NASA seriously.

  11. .Chus. 49 months ago | reply

    0_0, why every insane person in Flickr is posting in this video???

  12. .Chus. 49 months ago | reply

    For being al old bold man, you are rather childish ain't you?

  13. Ken_Lord 49 months ago | reply

    Be aware that Earl of Middlesex is an alias or sock-puppet of Roger Hooton, at least as claimed by Earl of Middlesex.

    So I'd have to agree with your assessment.

  14. sundie waller 49 months ago | reply

    so so cool. i love the powerful way God works.

  15. Rick-0724 49 months ago | reply

    If by God you mean nuclear fusion, then yea, he is powerful.

  16. dampankle [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

    [hehe, agreed. i can't find God anywhere in this image but i do see nuclear fusion and fission]

  17. Dale wants a better screen name... Photography 49 months ago | reply

    If you look really, really hard you can just make him out in the lower left corner. You may have to squint a bit though.

    Okay, a lot.

    Actually if you close your eyes completely you'll be nearly there.

  18. marimarcante 49 months ago | reply

    Impressionante !

  19. farlane 39 months ago | reply

    Hello - featuring this on my blog. When people rail about "government" I think of things like this. Fantastic.

    Amen.

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