Huge Eruption on the Sun Revisited in Spectacular HD

by Nancy Atkinson on September 5, 2012

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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.

Below 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]”

The image above includes an image of Earth to show the size of the filament eruption compared to the size of Earth. Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

Thanks to Scott Wiessinger and the Scientific Visualization Studio for the great video and images.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Aqua4U September 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Uuumph! BANG! And wowie! My, that’s a big un…. Solar max continues and with our new tools AMAZES! Mr. Sol is acting OUT! Yassir….

Andres September 6, 2012 at 12:47 AM

I wonder how Mercury will handle that on a direct hit.

chieko chieko September 6, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Scott Wiessinger’s name is spelled incorrectly!

Andrew Wragg September 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I wonder how Earth would handle a direct hit?

Al_Hall September 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Was thinking the same thing. .. Has anyone seen the movie “Knowing”? It was my first thought. Curious to know how that would compare. Our would it have dissipated enough after so many millions of miles?

Al_Hall September 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

“Or..”

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