I'm Glad This Terrifying Solar Eruption Missed Earth

By Jesus Diaz on at

I don't know if it's the most amazing view of a solar eruption ever recorded, but it probably is. When our friends at NASA Goddard sent us this image of the latest solar eruption today, we just couldn't believe how astonishing and ominous it looked.

Fortunately, it didn't travel directly toward Earth. According to NASA, however, it "did connect with Earth's magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3." No knocked down satellites or communications craziness.

The eruption was recorded on August 31, 2012: "a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36PM EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second." [NASA Goddard Flickr]


Here is a processed version of the same image, a "lighten blended version of the 304 and 171 angstrom wavelengths."

I'm Glad This Terrifying Solar Eruption Missed Earth

And here's the version with the entire sun disc. Click to expand it.

I'm Glad This Terrifying Solar Eruption Missed Earth