NASA Captures Colossal Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun, August 2012

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun - August 31
 

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun - August 31
 

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun with Earth to Scale
 

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun - August 31
 

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun - August 31
 


 

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun - August 31
 

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, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3. The third photograph above shows the size of the CME compared to the size of Earth. (The earth image was superimposed.) Video, Image, and Text Credits: NASA/GSFC/SDO

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