Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun with Earth to Scale

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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.

    The image above includes an image of Earth to show the size of the CME compared to the size of Earth.

    Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

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    1. Da Funkee D 20 months ago | reply

      Looking at this sort of stuff does me tree in !!!

    2. Airán 20 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! Please, could you comment on what are the spectral ranges over which the images are taken? is it XUV? thank you very much!!

    3. Edilswo 20 months ago | reply

      Is very impressive how the sun is bright at long distance(we can prove that), and now looking like a photoshop assembly or maybe is.

    4. Gamo 20 months ago | reply

      Makes two of us

    5. ArlindoCarvalho 20 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing this. (2) And congratulations.

    6. robertwesterman 20 months ago | reply

      Insignificant or not, we are the only creatures known to inhabit the galaxy that can appreciate such scale and beauty.

    7. gubaró 20 months ago | reply

      aos que tem olhos para ver .

    8. Brian1625 20 months ago | reply

      What does it mean when an insignificant race of humans realizes that they're insignificant? It means nothing. It's insignificant what we think. Conclusion? You might as well say we're the most important creation of the universe, because; Why not? Just remember, any answer given to "why not?" will be insignificant.

    9. skaduhfalsdhfuioasehfioasdhfg 19 months ago | reply

      Psa 19:1-3
      (1) The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
      (2) Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
      (3) There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

      We are not insignificant, God created it for us.

    10. Chris Busey Photography 17 months ago | reply

      WOW!!! Very nice. An artistic, interesting and beautiful photograph!! Well done.

    11. Banleft 11 months ago | reply


    12. Gabin G. 9 months ago | reply

      What focal length was this shot at ? :)

    13. Javier Quesada 6 weeks ago | reply

      Was this taken from Cassini?

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