Big Blast—April 16th Flare and CME

  • Released Monday, April 16th, 2012
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:53PM

A beautiful prominence eruption producing a coronal mass ejection (CME) shot off the east limb (left side) of the sun on April 16, 2012. Such eruptions are often associated with solar flares, and in this case an M1 class (medium-sized) flare occurred at the same time, peaking at 1:45 PM EDT. The CME was not aimed toward Earth.

For full 4k frames of the April 15 small eruption and April 16 large eruption go here.

The eruption in several wavelengths (131, 304, 171, 193 from left to right).Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO/Alex Young

The eruption in several wavelengths (131, 304, 171, 193 from left to right).

Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO/Alex Young



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