Watch: NASA Captures "Superheated Fireworks" on the Sun in Multiple Wavelengths

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 2:16PM
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 2:16PM
Watch: NASA Captures "Superheated Fireworks" on the Sun in Multiple Wavelengths
On November 15, the sun let out a massive coronal mass ejection that resembled a "canyon of fire" extending for more than 300,000 km. In the below video, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory records the solar event in multiple wavelengths, capturing the "superheated fireworks" in all their glory:



A coronal mass ejection (CME) is a massive burst of solar material and electromagnetic radiation from the Sun, which occurs when two oppositely directed magnetic fields come together and rearrange the magnetic field lines, resulting in a sudden release of energy from the original magnetic field. The ejected material is a plasma that that consists primarily of charged particles such as photons and electrons.

CMEs are responsible for several different types of weather phenomena on Earth. Some, like geomagnetic storms, are inconvenient and potentially dangerous, but more often it causes the captivating Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, around the poles. This particular CME was relatively minor, however, so it's unlikely that we would feel any effects on Earth.

Via Space.com.
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