Watch: NASA Captures Spectacular 'Phoenix' Solar Eruption Over the Course of Six Hours

Monday, 04 May 2015 - 1:26PM
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Monday, 04 May 2015 - 1:26PM
Watch: NASA Captures Spectacular 'Phoenix' Solar Eruption Over the Course of Six Hours
On April 21, 2015, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured stunning footage of a solar eruption. The filamentary object that results from this eruption is called a prominence, and this specific object is called the Phoenix Prominence, as a result of its distinctive wing-like structure:



A solar eruption refers to a coronal mass ejection (CME), which are enormous bursts of gas and magnetic field. Although associated with solar flares, they are a different type of explosion, occurring as a result of magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection refers to the rearrangement of magnetic fields when two fields of opposite directions come into contact. This causes a sudden release of energy, which then ejects the CME.

Watch: NASA Captures Spectacular Solar Eruption Over the Course of Six Hours

[Credit: NASA]



Watch: NASA Captures Spectacular Solar Eruption Over the Course of Six Hours

[Credit: NASA]



Watch: NASA Captures Spectacular Solar Eruption Over the Course of Six Hours

[Credit: NASA]



Watch: NASA Captures Spectacular Solar Eruption Over the Course of Six Hours

[Credit: NASA]


Watch: NASA Captures Spectacular Solar Eruption Over the Course of Six Hours

[Credit: NASA]


Watch: NASA Captures Spectacular Solar Eruption Over the Course of Six Hours

[Credit: NASA]


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