Watch the Sun "burp"

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15 Responses to “Watch the Sun "burp"”

  1. Petzl says:

    Any time I think about how the sun is ~860,000 miles across, all I can think is, DAMN.

  2. Neal Potter says:

    I love how impassive the greater Sun is to this, ‘no big deal, carry on’.

  3. RobDobbs says:

    Does anyone know where these cameras are located? Was this shot from earth, or our orbit or someplace closer to the sun?

    • NelC says:

      There’s some info on the “More info” tag: the shots are from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), and the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), which are respectively in Earth orbit, at the Sun-Earth L1 point between the Earth and the Sun, and at the Sun-Earth L5 point trailing 60° behind the Earth in its orbit. L1 and L5 are Lagrange points which are complicated to explain, so I’ll let Wikipedia do it for me.

  4. The sun is one crazy bastard.

  5. lavardera says:

    How about our probe orbiting Mercury – was that out of the way?

  6. eldritch says:

    “Blowout soon, Stalker!”

  7. Senor Schaffer says:

    One does not simply belch into Mordor.

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    More of a shart, really.

  9. bzishi says:

    This is nice. You can almost see the magnetic reconnection. At one point you see the plasma trapped in the magnetic field and then the switch is turned off.

  10. elricky says:

    Interesting to note that the timescale of the actual eruption is measured not in seconds, as we experience it in the video, but in hours. NASA’s page says the movie was captured over almost 14 hours, “from noon EDT to 1:45 a.m. the next morning.”

  11. enterthestory says:

    They missed the second part of the video: http://youtu.be/vN1SyaSdCeM

  12. sccnnn says:

    I’m sorry, but “coronal mass ejection” has always sounded to me like something that happens when you drink too much Mexican beer.

  13. lev36 says:

    Sometimes, I think about the fact that this impossibly huge thing, the entire thing, is fusing, and it just boggles my mind.

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