Massive Solar Eruption Close-up

  • Released Thursday, June 30th, 2011
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:53PM

On June 7, 2011 the Sun unleashed an M-2 (medium-sized) solar flare with a spectacular coronal mass ejection (CME). The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it covered an area almost half the solar surface.

SDO observed the flare's peak at 1:41 AM ET. SDO recorded these images in extreme ultraviolet light that show a very large eruption of cool gas. It is somewhat unique because at many places in the eruption there seems to be even cooler material — at temperatures less than 80,000 K.

This video uses the full-resolution 4096 x 4096 pixel images at a one minute time cadence to provide the highest quality, finest detail version possible.

It is interesting to compare the event in different wavelengths because they each see different temperatures of plasma. See the transcript for more notes on this.

Frames for each wavelength are available on these separate pages: 304, 171, 211, and1700.



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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center


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  • June 7 SDO Prominence Eruption (ID: 2011076)
    Friday, July 1, 2011 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Robert Crippen

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