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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+17 1. Taineract commented 10 years ago

Burrito night in the solar system.
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-16 2. xmadxxx commented 10 years ago

Basketball :D >:)
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+39 3. banzemanga commented 10 years ago

Wooooooowwwwwuuuu. :O
If that reaches Earth then we are barbecued for real.
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+33 4. flz commented 10 years ago

unimaginable amount of energy :O
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+9 5. owner commented 10 years ago

#3 we will be on special menu for aliens O:) O:)
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+6 6. Oxydous commented 10 years ago

#3 & #5 Alien Fast-food: "Would you like your human crispy or just about right today ?"
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+3 7. pire commented 10 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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+5 8. Xionbox (moderator) commented 10 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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+7 9. Paul1968 commented 10 years ago

nice video.
at last some of us might get a sun tan this summer.........
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+4 10. shayangx commented 10 years ago

Nature keeps amazing me
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+3 11. nokster commented 10 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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-3 12. Fergus_Thedog commented 10 years ago

Lol #(removed comment), you made my day.
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-4 13. Meowman commented 10 years ago

Did anyone remember the marchmellows ?? ? ?
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+6 14. Alucard commented 10 years ago

It's the giant Claw's fault!!!!
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-2 15. deenajs commented 10 years ago

thats what happened in the movie "Knowing"
the sun haves a eruption, life ends!
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+18 16. jaeafafaeara commented 10 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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-2 17. Baboon commented 10 years ago

#16 excellent thanks!
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-3 18. juanPzamora commented 10 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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-3 19. juanPzamora commented 10 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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-1 20. miron commented 10 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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+3 21. Hillring commented 10 years ago

#(removed comment) haha u made me laugh so hard!
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0 22. pire commented 10 years ago

#(removed comment) muhahaahaha nice
#16 thanks makes sense
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+2 23. flz commented 10 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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+1 24. Ime commented 8 years ago

does that affect earth somehow ?? :S