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March 3, 2011

Gargantuan Solar Prominence Captured on Film. Larger than 30 Earths.

Filed under: Cool, Inner Solar System, The Sun — bferrari @ 5:44 pm

Watch the Amazing Short Movie!:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/5483193591/

NASA image captured Feb. 24, 2011

To see an image showing the size of the prominence in comparison to the size of the Earth.

Gargantuan Solar flare, vs tiny size of the Earth

Gargantuan Solar flare, vs tiny size of the Earth

To view a high res still from this event go here: www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/5483196119/

When a rather large-sized (M 3.6 class) flare occurred near the edge of the Sun, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period (Feb. 24, 2011). This event was captured in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft . Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface. Because SDO images are super-HD, we can zoom in on the action and still see exquisite details. And using a cadence of a frame taken every 24 seconds, the sense of motion is, by all appearances, seamless. Sit back and enjoy the jaw-dropping solar show.

Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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