• Released Thursday, February 5, 2015
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:35PM
  • ID: 11737

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Explore how scientists trace the journey of material exploding from the sun.

This video shows views of a coronal mass ejection on the sun observed by instruments aboard the STEREO Ahead spacecraft on May 1, 2013.

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STEREO’s extreme ultraviolet camera captured this image of solar material—a heated, charged gas called plasma—leaving the sun’s surface.

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As material from the sun traveled outward it could be observed in the larger view (green) of STEREO's coronagraph 1 instrument.

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Using STEREO's coronagraphs and extreme ultraviolet camera, scientists were able to track the CME from the sun's surface out to 6.3 million miles.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Video and images courtesy of NASA/STEREO

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