Video Captures Massive Solar Flare On The Sun

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Yesterday morning, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a massive solar flare on the sun which blasted upwards of a billion tons of material away from its surface:

“I’ve never seen material released like this before, such a huge amount that falls back down in such a spectacular way,” says Goddard Spaceflight Center’s Dr. C. Alex Young. “It looks like someone just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and it fell back down.”

The size of the explosion itself has been estimated at well over a million kilometers across. However in terms of energy, it only ranked as M2.5, or a medium-sized flare. Check out a video of the event after the break.

(Universe Today via Bad Astronomy via PopSci)

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