A canyon of fire formed in the Sun

The coronal mass ejection formed a giant canyon of fire 10 thousand kilometers wide in the Sun. But this would not affect the Earth because the plasma of the star did not fly towards our planet.

A canyon of fire formed in the Sun. Source: NASA/GSFC/SOHO/ESA

Canyon of Fire

On Tuesday, October 31, there was another flare in the Sun. The magnetic filament reconnected, and a powerful detonation occurred. As in many similar cases, it was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection. Simply put, a piece of the Sun broke off and flew away.

It was not the first time, but the scientists could properly see one of the details of this process — the formation of a canyon of fire on the surface of the Sun. At first glance, the plasma that flew into space was a tiny part of our luminary. In fact, the scale of the void that had formed for a time was simply gigantic.

A canyon of fire had a width of 10,000 km. This is more than the length of the United States from east to west. In length, it was at least ten times larger. The whole process of its formation is well recorded on video.

Does this threaten the Earth in any way?

No matter how majestic this event looked up close, it still happened at a great distance from us. And most importantly, the coronal mass ejection did not fly towards the Earth. This time, it was only a slight disturbance of the magnetosphere of our planet.

If a coronal mass ejection crashed into the Earth’s magnetic field at a speed of 72 million km/h, everything would be much worse. In fact, this happens quite often. In such cases, especially powerful magnetic storms occur, which can cause problems with communication and power supply.

According to www.space.com

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