Watch: Spectacular Solar Eruption in New NASA VideoSee different views of the gigantic solar event
Thursday Oct. 24, 2013
NASA visualizers just released this video of a 200,000-mile-long filament erupting on the sun. A filament is a region of dense, cool solar material held in place by magnetic forces. The images in this video, captured Sept. 29-30, 2013, show the filament whipping through the sun's atmosphere and leaving behind a glowing canyon where magnetic fields once tethered it in place. The different colored images show different wavelengths, giving unique views of the solar event.
The eruption was related to a coronal mass ejection that occurred on Sept. 30, 2013, and resulted in a supercharged display of the Northern Lights on Earth.
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