This Is The Most Astonishing Solar Eruption You Might Ever See

This is possibly the most amazing view of a solar eruption ever recorded. Our friends at NASA Goddard sent us this image of the latest solar eruption today — you won't believe how ominous it looks in these detailed photos.

NASA clearly thinks it's pretty special too, because the crazy image has been titled "Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun with Earth to Scale", and a NASA engineer said to me privately that this was "AMAZING STUFF!"

Fortunately, it didn't travel directly towards Earth, and satellites and communications haven't been interrupted. According to NASA, however, it did "connect with Earth's magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3."

The eruption was recorded 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". NASA says that the coronal mass ejection travelled at over 1440km/s.

Here is a processed version of the same image:

And here's the version with the entire sun disc. Click to expand it.


Comments

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      +1 :)

        +2

          That's what I was gonna comment, so +3 :P

            Well I guess my leg as been twisted. +4

              Frkin plus +5 or whatever. holy crap!

    Just few days back,there had been solar flares now again happened so early.what r the causes that solarflares r fuming again n again.

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        F the What!?

        Old is old meme.

          Am I the only one that finds every single post in this string completely, dribblingly illegible?

    Awesome bit of impending doom! I long dream of death by coronal mass ejection to the forehead. Mork...I'm ready buddy! Nanoo Nanoo. That or dying of too much Starbucks.....

    Is that a CME or is the sun just happy to see us?

    Where are the originals? The full disc on offer here is tiny.

    Full disc is mini, what is the source of the images? (im already assuming nasa, but im too lazy to search their jenky sight)

    Full images here:
    http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a011000/a011095/index.html

      A big thanks. And I gotta love:
      " Image of the Earth to scale with the filament eruption. Note: the Earth is not this close to the sun, this image is for scale purposes only." :-D

    "This Is The Most Astonishing Solar Eruption You Might Ever See" No, we *have* seen it. You mean "This might be the most astonishing solar eruptions you will ever see". It may have slightly less punch than the original headline, but it is accurate.

    Egyptians were right: the Sun is God

      Maybe it's Zod?

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