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Watch Mercury Get Smacked By CMEs

9 Apr , 2012 by

The bright object in the center of this video sequence is the planet Mercury, seen by NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft as it was pummeled by wave after wave of solar material ejected from the Sun during the week of March 25 – April 2, 2012.

The video above was released by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center earlier today. The Sun is located just off-frame to the left, while Earth would be millions of miles to the right.

Proof that it’s not easy being first rock from the Sun!

Video credit: NASA/GSFC/STEREO

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fergiej
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fergiej
April 9, 2012 6:10 PM

Messenger must be one seriously shielded spacecraft to survive the near constant bombardment from the sun.

John Mendenhall
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John Mendenhall
April 9, 2012 6:15 PM

Fantastic video!

Jose Luis Infante
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April 10, 2012 10:30 AM

Someone should sue the Sun for harassment the planet Mercury.

pahles
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April 10, 2012 3:30 PM

No proof at all, since Mercury might not be in the path of the CME at all. Remember, a 2D video does not show depth…

bugzzz
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bugzzz
April 11, 2012 8:49 PM

that is so cool. we never really get to see an actual planet in our system traveling on its orbit like that.

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