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The sun unleashed a massive solar storm today (June 7) in a dazzling eruption that kicked up a vast cloud of magnetic plasma that appeared to rain back down over half of the sun's entire surface, NASA scientists say.
The solar storm hit its peak at about 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), but the actual flare extended over a three-hour period, said astronomer C. Alex Young, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center who runs a website called The Sun Today, in a video describing the event.
Originally posted by TheLogicalist
Its a Class M-2 which apparently is medium size.
A scientist in the article goes on to say that he has not seen material released like this before..
Not a expert on this stuff but, seems pretty powerful.
"The sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I've just never seen material released like this before," Young said. "It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down."
Originally posted by CaptChaos
The Sun is electric!
This is an electrical arc, arcing towards the comet. Yup.
Originally posted by pikypiky
Is it just me or did I see an "alien" face from the still shot of the OP's space.com link? "Spectacular".
Originally posted by Biigs
holy cow good call!
They had me at "3.1 million mph"
Sun is getting angry lately
Originally posted by bluemooone2
That is a very very unusual cme . I for one have never seen the sun do anything like that before. The mass of what was ejected had to be just HUGE.
Jan. 12, 2011: The sun has just experienced a storm—not of explosive flares and hot plasma, but of icy comets. "The storm began on Dec 13th and ended on the 22nd," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. "During that time, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) detected 25 comets diving into the sun. It was crazy!" Sundiving comets—a.k.a. "sungrazers"—are nothing new. SOHO typically sees one every few days, plunging inward and disintegrating as solar heat sublimes its volatile ices. "But 25 comets in just ten days, that's unprecedented," says Battams. "The comets were 10-meter class objects, about the size of a room or a house," notes Matthew Knight of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. "As comets go, these are considered small."