So how BIG was that 'Monster Prominence'?

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    NASA image posted March 2, 2011

    To view a video of this event go to: www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/5483193591

    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.

    To read more go to: geeked.gsfc.nasa.gov/?p=5651

    Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

    Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

    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. jmeoli_sya 38 months ago | reply

      Earth seems just a litle drop of water compared to the flame. Magnific!

    2. Justino1972 38 months ago | reply

      So that would make it hotter, then, right? I mean if the Earth was that close?

    3. akideka 38 months ago | reply

      Does the flare help to generate more powerful solar power? If so, buying the stock of SANYO or SHARP or KYOCERA is good decision??

    4. Terra Vermelha 38 months ago | reply

      Ok!
      Big enough for me!

    5. Wolfgang W. 38 months ago | reply

      3 words: WE ARE NOTHING.

    6. emaad_asif1989 38 months ago | reply

      beautiful......and some people say there is no GOD....

    7. Dale wants a better screen name... Photography 38 months ago | reply

      There is no God. This is hardly evidence of the existence of a supreme being.

    8. Rick-0724 38 months ago | reply

      No God? Then how do you explain the Sun? What, you think a interstellar cloud of gas just undergoes gravitational collapse and starts a nuclear reaction? That's crazy talk. It's a lot easier for me to believe that it's the result of magic done by someone like that dude behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz and I like to call that dude... God. I bid you good day sir.

    9. Dale wants a better screen name... Photography 38 months ago | reply

      There is No God, the sun and the rest of our galaxy was formed when Rufus, the intergalactic wolfhound, had a bad curry and threw up the milky way.

      God schmod, you should all be worshipping Rufus and his Fleas of Doom.

    10. fatema.oraby 38 months ago | reply

      Oh God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    11. Mightyhorse 38 months ago | reply

      Wow the relative size of the earth to the sun makes me think we might be insignificant in the scope of the universe.

      And then I read these comments and I know it to be true.

    12. MoonliteKnight 38 months ago | reply

      best.
      comments.
      ever

    13. AramelMartin 38 months ago | reply

      Does anybody have any Monstrously Prominent Marshmallows?

    14. youdumass 37 months ago | reply

      not right u dum bitch. we alive so the sun is perfect

    15. youdumass 37 months ago | reply

      mightyhorse is the dumb bitch

    16. Dale wants a better screen name... Photography 37 months ago | reply

      Aaawww, that's sweet, Mightyhorse has made a friend.

    17. razo1511 35 months ago | reply

      subhanallah!

    18. vinay babu2835 23 months ago | reply

      It was really looking so nice

    19. vinay babu2835 23 months ago | reply

      The flames were looking so horrible as they were trying to fire the Earth.

    20. meadowmouse57 22 months ago | reply

      Doesn't that just put us in our place.

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