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A Gift From The Sun: Two Amazing Sunspot Eruptions

December 24, 2011

CHRISTMAS EVE ERUPTION #1: A filament of magnetism connected to sunspot AR1386 erupted during the early hours of Dec. 24th. Extreme UV-wavelength cameras onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the picturesque blast. The C5-class eruption hurled a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) into space, but not toward Earth. With the cloud sailing wide-left of our planet, Christmas geomagnetic storms are unlikely. Nevertheless, this active region merits watching as it turns toward Earth in the days ahead, possibly positioning itself for the first storms of 2012.

…(Space Weather)

CHRISTMAS EVE ERUPTION #2: Again, by SDO, another picturesque blast has been captured a few hours after the first eruption on the opposite limb of the Sun on a region fading out of the Earth’s direct view. I have compiled a video below of both in HD 1080p format.

And with that I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.



December 24, 2011 - Posted by | Solar | , , , ,

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