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Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun Somehow Didn't Burn Us All


Check out this stunning image of a recent solar flare from NASA Goddard:

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.

An incredible full sun image, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via gizmodo)


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  1. WoW

    Posted by: say what | Sep 5, 2012 11:30:26 AM

  2. That is truly incredible!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Sep 5, 2012 11:38:36 AM

  3. Thank you for posts like these!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Sep 5, 2012 11:38:55 AM

  4. thank u - amazing

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 5, 2012 11:59:12 AM

  5. But was it a premature mass coronal ejection? Cuz that would just ruin the moment.

    Posted by: Otkon | Sep 5, 2012 12:20:50 PM

  6. Hard to top that for best news of the day.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Sep 5, 2012 12:28:37 PM

  7. "Yay! We dodged another one." - Earth
    "...For now!" - Sun

    Posted by: Drew | Sep 5, 2012 12:29:12 PM

  8. I lost my otherwise reliable satellite TV service Monday night for about 1/2 hour. Wonder if it was related.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Sep 5, 2012 12:51:50 PM

  9. Stunning. What an incredible universe we live in!

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 5, 2012 1:10:24 PM

  10. So, the aurora was the afterglow?

    Posted by: Hank | Sep 5, 2012 1:18:49 PM

  11. @ Drew

    Badum Boom tshhhhhh.....

    Posted by: say what | Sep 5, 2012 1:52:52 PM

  12. Maybe the ancient worshippers of the sun were onto something…that is AWESOME!

    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Sep 5, 2012 2:21:06 PM

  13. Fortunately we are more than 100 solar diameters away.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 5, 2012 4:41:16 PM

  14. Thomas Hardy wrote that worship of the sun is the most natural religion in the world. What a reverberating thought! What a stunning photo, one of the best ever on Towleroad.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 5, 2012 5:04:41 PM

  15. God was sending it to finish off Romney, but after seeing the bounce-free post-convention Gallup Poll results s/he said "meh, why bother?".

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Sep 5, 2012 9:11:55 PM

  16. This would have been a welcome event had the Sun not immediately gotten dressed and left right after. Prick.

    Posted by: DoM | Sep 6, 2012 11:33:52 AM

  17. Looks like hands reaching out forming a star. Beautiful yet frightening what if right?

    Posted by: Lynn | Sep 8, 2012 11:05:49 AM

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