2012-09-01 UPDATE MAGNIFICENT ERUPTION HD
Sept 1, 2012 | Trudi Kay
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A filament of magnetism curling
around the sun's southeastern limb erupted on August 31st, producing a
coronal mass ejection (CME), a C8-class solar flare, and one of the most
beautiful double ribbon flare captured by NASA's S.D.O.
explosion hurled a CME away from the sun traveling faster than 500 km/s
(1.1 million mph). The cloud, shown here, is not heading directly toward
Earth, but it could deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic
field on or about September 3rd. This date is preliminary and may be
changed in response to more data from coronagraphs on the Solar and
Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO). Stay tuned.