The awesome power of the universe was captured on film by NASA last week.
Our sun hurled forth a massive eruption of super-hot plasma on Friday in back-to-back solar storms caught on film by a NASA spacecraft.
The giant sun eruption, otherwise known as a “solar prominence,” took place at 1 a.m. EST, with another event taking place about four hours later.
The eruption was so massive, the cameras at NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) coudln’t capture the whole thing in-frame.
In the video, a gigantic swirl of glowing red plasma erupts from the sun, arcing up and out of the frame.
“The red-glowing looped material is plasma, a hot gas made of electrically charged hydrogen and helium,” said officials with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, which oversees the SDO mission.
“The prominence plasma flows along a tangled and twisted structure of magnetic fields generated by the sun’s internal dynamo. An erupting prominence occurs when such a structure becomes unstable and bursts outward, releasing the plasma.”
Luckily for us, the eruption was not facing Earth, so we won’t likely see any consequences from it.
Check it out in the video below.
- Giant Sun Eruption Captured in NASA Video (space.com)
- Sun eruption captured in NASA video (msnbc.msn.com)
- Giant Sun Eruption Captured in NASA Video (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)