• Released Thursday, March 24, 2016
  • ID: 12183

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A NASA spacecraft sees a spectacular explosion on the sun.

This time-lapse video shows views of the eruption taken over a three-hour period by NASA's SDO spacecraft.

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A circular plume of solar material bursts from the sun in this image captured on March 13, 2016.

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Much of the solar material fell back to the surface, unable to escape the sun's intense gravitational pull.

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SDO spotted the eruption on the sun’s upper-left limb.


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

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