Awesome isn’t it?
That’s what our sun looks like when it goes through a fairly regular occurrence: a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection). CMEs are often associated with solar flares – some of which end up heading straight for Earth where they can create stunning enhancements of Aurora Borealis and can also play havoc with our orbiting satellites and electrical infrastructure.
That was not the case however on Monday, April 16th, when this particular CME was recorded by NASA’s SDO satellite-based solar observatory.
The flare produced by this CME headed off in another direction, which is likely why we have such spectacular imagery to look at.
NASA classified the flare as an M1 – a medium sized flare.
Check out more images and a video below…
(All images and video credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO)