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BIG ERUPTION: A magnetic filament on the sun's southeastern limb erupted today between 1100 and 1600 UT, catching the attention of amateur astronomers around the world.
MAGNETIC ERUPTION: Today around 1200 UT, magnetic fields looping over the sun's southeastern limb became unstable and erupted. The blast produced a towering prominence dozens of times taller than Earth itself...
David Evans took the picture from his backyard observatory in Coleshill, North Warwickshire, UK. "It was a huge event," he says, "and just goes to show how the sun can surprise observers even at this 'low' phase of the solar cycle."