A super-powerful eruption occurred on the Sun: Video

Solar observatories on Earth and in space recorded a very powerful flare on the star closest to us. Stunning images show the coronal mass ejection, which is an explosion of plasma and magnetic field from the outer part of the Sun. The event took place on January 3.

Scientist Carl Battams from the US Naval Research Laboratory was so amazed by the flaring that he commented on what he saw on Twitter, calling the dangerous event “very beautiful”. 

The scientist shared a black-and-white video taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft. The sun itself is covered with a protective shield to better see what is happening around it.

A flare captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)

Battams presented the coronal mass ejection in perspective using images from the SOHO large-angle and spectrometric coronagraph (LASCO). The white circle in the center is the real size of the Sun. 

The Space Weather Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration analyzed and modeled the flare and concluded that the ejected material would probably pass by Earth on January 6, but would not touch our planet. This is good news, because solar eruptions can disrupt the operation of spacecraft, satellites and communication systems on Earth.

The year 2022 was very eventful for the Sun, as it caused strong solar flares, “smiled” at us and created a snake-like plasma formation. It looks like 2023 could be another great year to observe the sun.

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