Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Picture of the Day: 10/3/12

A filament erupted throwing off a coronal mass ejection. From NASA

This particular picture is from the end of August, but the sun does stuff like it all the time. Here a filament of superheated plasma was being suspended in an enormous arc above the solar surface by the star's ever changing magnetic fields, but then suddenly collapsed, releasing energetic electrons and protons out into space. A lot of electrons and protons.

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