Our Amazing Sun

I’ve been posting  a lot of stuff about the sun lately due to the increase in activity. Not to mention the sun had been quiet for such a long time. This was the flare that was not directed towards the earth last week and posted other images before. This is new close-up video and is even more amazing, enjoy! 

NASA image captured Feb. 24, 2011

To view a video of this event go to: www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/5483193591

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.


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