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The Sciences

The August solar eruption, in HD video!

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitSeptember 28, 2012 3:56 PM


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In August, the Sun erupted in an epic explosion: a towering arc of material blasted off the surface and into space. The images of it were incredible enough, but the folks at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center put together an astonishing high-def video of the eruption as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (or STEREO), and the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO):

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Yowza. Set it to hi-res and make it full screen. Try not to drool. They have more images, videos, and higher-resolution stuff on the GSFC Multimedia site

. You really want to go there and take a look. Our Sun is gorgeous, and dangerous, and amazing. These pictures and videos are more than just beautiful; they are telling us about the mechanisms and processes occurring both on the surface and inside our nearest star. Given the impact this can have on Earth

, the more we know, the better.

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