October 11th, 2010

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Astro-Porn of the Day: Solar Eruption

A sunspot just now rotating into view finally shook off a web of magnetic filaments in this really neat eruption captured by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory. Because the eruption is facing away from Earth, we were not in the line of fire... this time. Note that the sunspot is crossing the surface of the Sun, so the next eruption could help clear our skies of those pesky satellites. Or not. Regardless, what a show:

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