Huge eruption on the Sun revisited in spectacular HD

Sep 06, 2012 by Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today
The filament eruption that includes a scale model of the Earth. Credit: Scott Weissinger and the Scientific Visualization Studio

This one may truly knock your socks off. Remember the spectacular filament eruption on the Sun on August 31 that we posted last week? The folks from NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio now have put out a video of the eruption in high definition, and it is definitely worth watching to witness the awesome power of the Sun. The new video also includes data from STEREO and SOHO—as well as the data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory—so the tremendous Coronal Mass Ejection is visible as it travels outward from the Sun. Wow.

Above is an image of the filament eruption that includes a scale model of Earth. As the @NASAGoddard Twitter feed posted: "Reason #1 why it's a REALLY good thing that the sun is 93,000,000 miles 150 million km) from Earth…. [mind blowing photo]"

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RoboticExplorer
not rated yet Sep 06, 2012
Anyone have any idea how much mass was ejected in this event? Looks like quite a lot from the beautiful video.