Incredible Solar Flare, Prominence Eruption and CME Event (304 Ångstroms)

On June 7, 2011, an M-2 flare occurred on the Sun which released a very large coronal mass ejection (CME). Much of the ejected material is much cooler (less than about 80,000K) and therefore appears dark against the brighter solar disk.

Material which does not reach solar escape velocity can be seen falling back and striking the solar surface, sometimes triggering smaller events.

This image sequence is captured at one minute intervals and designed to play synchronously with animations 3839 (171 Ångstroms), 3840 (211 Ångstroms) and 3841 (1700 Ångstroms).

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Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Lead Producer
William D. Pesnell (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
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Data Used:
SDO/AIA/304 Filter 2011/06/07T06:00:00 - 2011/06/07T12:00:00

This item is part of this series:
Solar Dynamics Observatory: Year 2

SVS >> Coronal Mass Ejection
SVS >> Solar Active Region
SVS >> Solar Flare
SVS >> Sun
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Events
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Filaments
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Prominences
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Solar Dynamics Observatory
NASA Science >> Sun
SVS >> Presentation

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version