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NASA Captures Giant Prominence on the Sun [video]

NASA image acquired November 15, 2011

 

A giant prominence on the sun erupted on November 15, as seen in this video taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which covers a time frame of about 13 hours. The eruption hurled solar material — electrically charged gas, known as “plasma” -- in the direction of Venus.

 

Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

 

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Uploaded on November 18, 2011