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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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Best,
Chris

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bogwitch64
Oct. 11th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Wowsers...
mckitterick
Oct. 11th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
jimvanpelt
Oct. 11th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Awsome picture, Chris. Science works!
mckitterick
Oct. 11th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
You know, solar activity is a great way to teach all kinds of basic science, because it's dramatic, common, and could personally affect us!
zitronenhai
Oct. 12th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Ooooh, ah... finally, something I can believe in!
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