Huge Solar Eruption

The STEREO spacecraft caught this spectacular (prominence) eruption as it blasted away from the Sun. This was certainly among the largest eruptions seen by either the STEREO or SOHO missions. The length of the eruption appears to stretch almost halfway across the sun, about 804672 km (the diameter of the earth is only 12756 km).

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1. Taineract 4 years ago

Burrito night in the solar system.

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3. banzemanga 4 years ago

Wooooooowwwwwuuuu. :O
If that reaches Earth then we are barbecued for real.

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4. flz 4 years ago

unimaginable amount of energy :O

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5. owner 4 years ago

#3 we will be on special menu for aliens O:) O:)

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6. Oxydous 4 years ago

#3 & #5 Alien Fast-food: "Would you like your human crispy or just about right today ?"

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7. pire 4 years ago

i don't get it:
why is the sun rotating when the vid is only 18h long.
expert around?

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8. Xionbox (moderator) 4 years ago

Awesome!

@pire the Sun always rotates. I think you must be confusing the fact that a Sun cycle is 11 years and the fact it rotates.

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9. Paul1968 4 years ago

nice video.
at last some of us might get a sun tan this summer.........

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10. shayangx 4 years ago

Nature keeps amazing me

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11. nokster 4 years ago

#3 Worry not friend!!

Distance from Earth to Sun = 147.333.000.000km or 93.465.000.000 miles

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12. Fergus_Thedog 4 years ago

Lol #(removed comment), you made my day.

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13. Meowman 4 years ago

Did anyone remember the marchmellows ?? ? ?

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14. Alucard 4 years ago

It's the giant Claw's fault!!!!

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15. deenajs 4 years ago

thats what happened in the movie "Knowing"
the sun haves a eruption, life ends!

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16. jaeafafaeara 4 years ago

#7 Sun has a diferential rotation - it's not a rigid body, but huge ball of hot gas. One rotation takes around 25 days at equator and more than 34 days at polar regions. So if the vid is ~one day, then the Sun should have rotated by ~ 1/24 ~ 15°.

Earth is pretty well shielded from solar eruptions - these are made by charged particles, which are then shielded by Earth's magnetic field with two exceptions - polar regions. High energy particles enetering atmosphere in polar regions causes aurorae and eventually blackouts. They may as well damage satelites orbiting Earth (especially thoose at high orbit). Look at the http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/bestofsoho/Movies/movies2.html for vids from SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory).

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17. Baboon 4 years ago

#16 excellent thanks!

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18. juanPzamora 4 years ago

#11 if that eruption had been facing the "camera" you would not be reading this nor i would have writed it! Solar eruption is the most factible Theory for the end of the world as we know it, its approached on the Hapgood’s Theory of Earth Crust Displacement, Google it!! 8-) 8-) 8-)

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19. juanPzamora 4 years ago

#11 if that eruption had been facing the "camera" you would not be reading this nor i would have writed it! Solar eruption is the most factible Theory for the end of the world as we know it, its approached on the Hapgood’s Theory of Earth Crust Displacement, Google it!! 8-) 8-) 8-)

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20. miron 4 years ago

The sun is rotating, yes. The video may only be 18 seconds, but if you look at the bottom, it shows a time frame of 19 hours. That's why it's rotating so fast.

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21. Hillring 4 years ago

#(removed comment) haha u made me laugh so hard!

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22. pire 4 years ago

#(removed comment) muhahaahaha nice
#16 thanks makes sense

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23. flz 4 years ago

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/news/first-light.html
awesome images and clips of sun from brand new SDO satelite :*

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24. Ime 2 years ago

does that affect earth somehow ?? :S