The August solar eruption, in HD video!

The August solar eruption, in HD video!

The August solar eruption, in HD video!

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Sept. 28 2012 6:56 AM

The August solar eruption, in HD video!

In August, the Sun erupted in an epic explosion: a towering arc of material blasted off the surface and into space. The images of it were incredible enough, but the folks at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center put together an astonishing high-def video of the eruption as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (or STEREO), and the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO):

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Yowza. Set it to hi-res and make it full screen. Try not to drool.

They have more images, videos, and higher-resolution stuff on the GSFC Multimedia site. You really want to go there and take a look.

Our Sun is gorgeous, and dangerous, and amazing. These pictures and videos are more than just beautiful; they are telling us about the mechanisms and processes occurring both on the surface and inside our nearest star. Given the impact this can have on Earth, the more we know, the better.

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