Giant sun eruption: Video of Monster Sun Prominence captured by NASA’s SDO

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On November 13, the Sun emitted an M6 classification solar flare, one of the weakest designations still able to cause some disturbances on Earth. Now, just a few days later, the Sun is at it again. NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory caught spectacular images and video of the giant sun eruption, the Sun bursting with two prominence eruptions over a four-hour period on November 16, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. EST. The SDO captured the giant sun eruption also called sun prominence in the 304 Angstrom wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.

While some solar flares can potentially disrupt satellites and electrical systems around Earth, this latest giant sun eruption was aimed away from the third rock from the Sun, so we should be out of harm’s way. Still, the event was nothing less than stunning, as the NASA video of giant sun eruption shows a red-glowing loop of plasma shooting out from the surface of the Sun.

Giant sun eruption or solar prominence

Giant sun eruption or solar prominence
Image Credit: NASA/SDO

The plasma loop was so massive it shot out past the range of the SDO’s view. According to NASA, the prominence plasma flows along a tangled and twisted structure of magnetic fields generated by the sun’s internal dynamo. When the structure becomes unstable, a prominence erupts and bursts outward, releasing plasma.

Below is NASA’s description of the giant sun eruption;

“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.”

NASA video of the giant sun eruption
Image Credit: NASA/GSFC
Friday’s giant sun eruption does not appear to be headed at Earth, which means will likely have little effect on our planet.

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