NASA VIDEO: Sun Unleashes 'Monster Eruption'
Nov 19, 2012 | Daily Bail
The sun unleashed a monster eruption of super-hot plasma Friday (Nov. 16) in back-to-back solar storms captured on camera by a NASA spacecraft.
The giant sun eruption, called a solar prominence, occurred at 1 a.m.
EST (0600 GMT), with another event flaring up four hours later. The
prominences was so large, it expanded beyond the camera view of NASA's
Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which captured high-definition video
of the solar eruption.
"The red-glowing looped material is plasma, a hot gas made of
electrically charged hydrogen and helium," officials with NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center, which oversees the SDO mission, explained in a description.
"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."
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