APOD: Sun Storm: A Coronal Mass Ejection (2016 Jan 10)

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APOD: Sun Storm: A Coronal Mass Ejection (2016 Jan 10)

Postby APOD Robot » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:06 am

Image Sun Storm: A Coronal Mass Ejection

Explanation: What's happening to our Sun? Another Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)! The Sun-orbiting SOHO spacecraft has imaged many erupting filaments lifting off the active solar surface and blasting enormous bubbles of magnetic plasma into space. Direct light from the sun is blocked in the inner part of the featured image, taken in 2002, and replaced by a simultaneous image of the Sun in ultraviolet light. The field of view extends over two million kilometers from the solar surface. While hints of these explosive events, called coronal mass ejections or CMEs, were discovered by spacecraft in the early 70s, this dramatic image is part of a detailed record of this CME's development from the presently operating SOHO spacecraft. Near the maximum of the solar activity cycle, CMEs now typically occur several times a week. Strong CMEs may profoundly influence space weather. Those directed toward our planet can have serious effects.

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Re: APOD: Sun Storm: A Coronal Mass Ejection (2016 Jan 10)

Postby Boomer12k » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:39 pm

Awesome looking...LOTS of energy there....

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Re: APOD: Sun Storm: A Coronal Mass Ejection (2016 Jan 10)

Postby Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:21 pm

Alternate Title - Sun Storm: A Coronal Mass Ingestion?

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Sorry couldn't let this APOD go with only one post as, yes, the sun can have serious effects on those of our planet but only "if" you believe the ads.
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