Massive Solar Eruption Close-up
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.
Short video showing the eruption in various wavelengths and magnifications.
The prominence eruption in AIA's 304 ångstrom wavelength. This video is 4kx4k and will not play on all computers.
The prominence eruption in AIA's 211 ångstrom wavelength, colored in EIT green.
The prominence eruption in AIA's 171 ångstrom wavelength.
A still of the prominence eruption in 304.
A closeup still of the eruption at higher resolution.
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June 7 SDO Prominence Eruption
Friday, July 1, 2011 at 4:00AM
Produced by - Robert Crippen
Datasets used in this visualization
SDO AIA 304 (304 Filter)ID: 677Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
SDO AIA 211 (211 Filter)ID: 678Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
SDO AIA 171 (171 Filter)ID: 680Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
SDO AIA 1700 (1700 Filter)ID: 710Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
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