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NASA Captures a Monster Prominence – Video

20 Apr

NASA image captured Feb. 24, 2011

To see an image showing the size of the prominence in comparison to the size of earth.

NASA image posted March 2, 2011

When a rather large-sized (M 3.6 class) flare occurred near the edge of the Sun, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period (Feb. 24, 2011). This event was captured in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft . Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface. Because SDO images are super-HD, we can zoom in on the action and still see exquisite details. And using a cadence of a frame taken every 24 seconds, the sense of motion is, by all appearances, seamless. Sit back and enjoy the jaw-dropping solar show.

Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 20, 2011 in News Article, Photo, Video

 

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3 responses to “NASA Captures a Monster Prominence – Video

  1. belladonna23

    April 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    this is so beautiful… so amazing

     
  2. charlesmichelduke

    April 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    A stunning pic but it is also quite humbling to realise just how small we are on this planet.

    It pales humanity and all our pettiness into insignificance…

     
  3. in every atom

    April 21, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Exactly what Charles said.

     

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