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On Feb. 24, a gorgeous mass of erupting plasma swirled and twisted above the Sun for 90 minutes. Some of the material blew out into space while some fell back to the surface. This photo is but one image from a movie captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft. See the beauty for yourself by clicking this image (opens an mp4 clip in a new window):


Click the image to see a movie of the massive flare.

To give you some perspective on the size of such solar storms, this flare is hundreds of times larger than the Earth. Here's a visual aid:



That tiny blue speck in the middle of that giant bubble on the upper right? That's the Earth, where every story that every human has ever lived is set. Heck, you could fit the orbit of the Moon within a prominence of such size, so even the full stories of the Moonwalkers would be contained within that eruption.

The Sun never ceases to amaze and delight!

Chris

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siro_gravity
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
WOW!! that is crazy-kewl!! i love the vid!
mckitterick
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
I know! That video just stunned me.
the_epic
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
Sometimes I bemoan the fact I never went into astronomy...
Beautiful pictures, by the way.
mckitterick
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
It's never too late!
scarlettina
Mar. 2nd, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
WOW!
mckitterick
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Wow indeed!
countrycousin
Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Very impressive! Thanks for sharing!
mckitterick
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
It's pretty incredible; had to share.
xjenavivex
Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
wow thank you
mckitterick
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Happy to share!
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