The Sun Blows Off a Little Steam

Article written: 4 Jan , 2012
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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This is an awesome image of the Sun captured by Efrain Morales Rivera from the Jaicoa Observatory in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, on December 31, 2011. It shows multiple steam-like prominences on the eastern limb of the Sun. Rivera compared them to a group of trees, and said the now-active Sun is definitely something to watch in the coming new year. Of course, the Solar Dynamics Observatory is keeping a close watch on our star, and captured a huge eruption on the western limb of the Sun on January 2, 2012, with lots of solar material ejected into space; however, it was not Earth-directed. See the video below:

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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says

    good one

  2. Anonymous says

    Does anyone know how the current action of solar cycle 24 compares to the same time period in solar cycle 23 or previous cycles?

  3. Anonymous says

    Does anyone know how the current action of solar cycle 24 compares to the same time period in solar cycle 23 or previous cycles?

  4. HeadAroundU says

    Oranges grow on them.

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