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Spectacular Solar Eruption Caught On Camera

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Justine Alford

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clockJun 18 2014, 13:29 UTC
1246 Spectacular Solar Eruption Caught On Camera
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NASA has released an incredible video of the Sun spewing out a jet of plasma hundreds of thousands of miles from its surface. The event, which was driven by powerful magnetic forces, was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on May 27 and NASA has condensed the 2 hour event into 12 magnificent seconds of footage.  

Although it may look dramatic, this particular eruption was minor and events such as these occur frequently - but that doesn’t stop it from being pretty spectacular to watch!

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The plasma that was ejected from the surface lacked sufficient force to escape, meaning that the majority of the material collapsed back into the Sun.

Check it out here:

 


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