Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun - August 31

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    Click here to view an image showing the size of this CME compared to the size of Earth: bit.ly/RkYr7z

    On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth's magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3.

    Pictured here is a lighten blended version of the 304 and 171 angstrom wavelengths. Cropped

    Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

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    1. kiwizone 20 months ago | reply

      Outstandingly beautiful filament eruption. The movie is a "must see":
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI44kE1j6nI

    2. Earthling2005 19 months ago | reply

      Out of curiosity, Would it be very noisy in the sun?

    3. zeus2017 19 months ago | reply

      É a nossa estrela em atividade.

    4. tbransco 14 months ago | reply

      The sun might be middle-aged, but it never gets old. Stupefying image.

    5. boricuataino52 11 months ago | reply

      !!!!!! Bravo !!!!! Our Creator's Masterpeace

    6. 北斗九星 8 months ago | reply

      真是太让人难以置信了!!我已经无法用语言来表达#¥%%

    7. alnazrg@yahoo.com 7 months ago | reply

      توضيح من فضلك

    8. mahessa.hesa 7 months ago | reply

      A shocking secret

    9. Arta Gabriel Baloiu 7 months ago | reply

      this is the closest to the Sun I have ever been. Amazing photo.

    10. NARESH295 6 months ago | reply

      Beautiful creation of nature like me ......

    11. chris_kabia 6 months ago | reply

      It's the work of God.

    12. Lotus Atma 2 months ago | reply

      A very strong energy coming out of the photo!

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