NASA's SDO Captures Massive Filament Eruption on Sun

Posted on September 5, 2012

Sun Filament Eruption August 31 2012


NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured a wicked looking filament eruption on the Sun. NASA says the video shows the eruption of a long filament of solar material that was hovering in the sun's atmosphere. The eruption was recorded on August 31, 2012. The coronal mass ejection (CEM) traveled at over 900 miles per second.

NASA says the CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but it did make enough of an impact with Earth's magnetosphere to generate a beautiful aurora over Whitehorse, Yukon, see here.

Photo: NASA/SDO/AIA/GSFC

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