Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun - August 31 [video]

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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.

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  1. Derek_Custer 30 months ago | reply

    Fantastic vid.

  2. JAARTWRK 30 months ago | reply

    really real?? it's amazing

  3. mmeic 30 months ago | reply

    just beautiful.

  4. tsteele93 25 months ago | reply

    Out of curiousity, what would have happened if this DID travel directly towards Earth?

  5. jianoulp 22 months ago | reply

    i'm a rookie,how can i download this video

  6. mahessa.hesa 18 months ago | reply

    Eyes popping action...
    And mind blowing science ..

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