Sun  ID: 4202

August 24, 2014: Magnificent M-flare

M-flares are not the most powerful flares the Sun can emit, but sometimes even they can exhibit visually exciting behavior.

Here we show the lead-up to an M-flare which lauches a large amount of plasma into space. The eruption takes place starting around 12:00 UTC and launches over the next 15 minutes. But stay with it, and you'll also see some of the plasma falling back towards the Sun around 13:50 UTC.


Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Genna Duberstein (USRA): Producer
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems Inc.): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems Inc.): Project Support
William D. Pesnell (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, the SDO Science Team, and the Virtual Solar Observatory.

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Data Used:
SDO/AIA/171 Filter 2014-08-24T07:45 to 2014-08-24T16:00
SDO/AIA/131 Filter 2014-08-24T07:45 to 2014-08-24T16:00
SDO/AIA/304 Filter 2014-08-24T07:45 to 2014-08-24T16:00
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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version