Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun [HD 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.

This movie shows the ejection from a variety of viewpoints as captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), and the joint ESA/NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).


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  1. muufi 47 months ago | reply

    simplemente magnífico. Un día podremos oírlo...

  2. ArlindoCarvalho 47 months ago | reply

    Sensational. Congratulations and thank you for sharing this.

  3. mylohc 47 months ago | reply


  4. carlisledeirdra 47 months ago | reply

    that's so awesome !

  5. marinela 2008 47 months ago | reply

    Splendid view and incredible capture !

  6. tropical couple 47 months ago | reply

    If this one had been directed at Earth, would we have been a giant "hushpuppy"?

  7. tigerpower.t21 47 months ago | reply

    You are looking at beauty in it's 'truest' form, please respect what you call 'The Sun'. Xx

  8. chaudhary.alam 47 months ago | reply

    who made the sun ?

  9. Lightning Lee 45 months ago | reply

    wow! what else can u say.

  10. Ptoke 44 months ago | reply

    truly amazing!

  11. gwhat79 44 months ago | reply

    I'm pissed why won't you let us save this beautiful photo?

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  13. 23 months ago | reply

    that's .. really enormous!!

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