A long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the Sun‘s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second, held on August 31, 2012 at 4:36 p.m. EDT. Watch the video
Images credit: NASA/GSFC
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.
This movie shows the ejection from a variety of viewpoints as captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), and the joint ESA/NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).
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