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BRIGHT PROMINENCE ERUPTION (DECEMBER 14, 2012)

The Sun blows a robust prominence out into space (Dec. 10, 2102). The outer image, from the STEREO-A's COR1 coronagraph, has been changed from green to red to complement the green Sun image, taken in extreme UV light. The movie covers six hours of activity. Kind of Christmassy looking, isn't it? Some of the prominence falls back towards the sun, although the disturbance as a whole continues out into the solar system.

 

Credit: NASA/GSFC/STEREO

 

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Uploaded on December 17, 2012