Friday, March 29, 2013

'Graceful Eruption' on Sun Revealed in Stunning Photo

A solar prominence began to bow out and the broke apart in a graceful, floating style in a little less than four hours on March 16, 2013.


A NASA spacecraft that constantly watches the sun has captured an amazing view of a solar eruption that exploded from the surface of the star this month.

The new image, which NASA featured as its image of the day today (March 28), shows the solar prominence —a delicate combination of super-hot plasma and magnetic fields —just after it snapped, sending plumes of material out into space.

NASA scientists dubbed the sun storm a "Graceful Eruption." It occurred on March 16 and was captured by the space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which records spectacular views of the sun in high definition.

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