Sun  ID: 10801

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.

Frames for each wavelength are available on these separate pages: 304, 171, 211, and1700.

 

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Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Video Editor
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Producer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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Mission:
SDO

Data Used:
SDO/AIA/1700 Filter
SDO/AIA/171 Filter
SDO/AIA/211 Filter
SDO/AIA/304 Filter
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of this series:
Five Years of Solar Dynamics Observatory

Goddard TV Tape:
G2011-076 -- June 7 SDO Prominence Eruption

Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Sun
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Flares
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Ultraviolet
SVS >> SDO
SVS >> Edited Feature
SVS >> Solar Dynamics Observatory
NASA Science >> Sun
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Coronal Mass Ejections

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 8.0.0.0.0