posted on Jul, 29 2010 @ 04:53 PM
July 29, 2010
TOWERING BLAST: Yesterday, a magnetic filament curling over the southeastern limb of thee sun became unstable and erupted. The blast produced a
towering curlicue prominence that "Dr Seuss would have loved," says Alan Friedman, who sends this picture from his backyard observatory in Buffalo,
"It towered more than 200,000 miles above the stellar surface," says Friedman.
Astronomers around the world watched the structure twist, curl, and eventually fling itself into space over a six hour period. NASA's Solar Dynamics
Observatory had the best view of all. Onboard cameras recorded an IMAX-quality movie of the event ... coming soon to a theatre near you? NASA is
planning an IMAX movie about SDO, and this eruption will probably make the cut.
Another amazing image from Nasa - Blazing Sun