NASA Captures Magnificence: Watch The Sun Erupt

NASA’s high level of technology really amazes me, especially the stuff that NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) continues to put out is, Fascinating. Magnificent. Stunning…indeed, but Stunned would be the perfect word to describe this video. My capacity to think is left stunned, our Sun is seriously the most violently beautiful wonder of the universe. The music that goes along with this video, is the perfect soundtrack for that eruption!

On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth’s magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, with a glancing blow. causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3 –NASA

Shot over three hours but sped up by NASA before it was released, the explosion shows a tentacle-like filament reaching 800,000km away from the sun’s surface –NineMSN

The solar eruption brought us this beauty, over at Whitehorse, Yukon. The aurora was due to the interaction of a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun with Earth’s magnetosphere. The CME left the sun on August 31 and arrived on September 3. Image Courtesy of David Cartier, Sr

Check out my previous posts about the July 12th, 2012 Solar Flares and the Venus Transit from June, 2012, with videos and images captured by the SDO.


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