Friday, January 25, 2013

Explosive Sun "Weather"

From time to time, I come across some very cool space weather video. This was passed along by NASA and shows 2 coronal mass ejections, the second one being directed toward Earth, not likely to cause much interference. These eruptions can often send particles of interference toward Earth disrupting communications/GPS devices and allow for brilliant displays of Northern Lights over the poles.
 
 
This movie shows two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) erupting from the sun on Jan. 23, 2013. The first was not directed at Earth; the second one is, but is not expected to have a strong impact. The movie was captured by the joint ESA/NASA mission the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), beginning at 7 p.m. EST on Jan. 22 and ending at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23.
Credit: ESA, NASA/SOHO/Goddard Space Flight Center

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