Powerful solar flare accompanied by an eruption

12-07-2020


Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard features a solar flare that was captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on November 29, 2020.

The flare was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection, an eruption of solar material that moved out into space as a giant cloud of gas and magnetic fields.

According to NASA, the event also released a swarm of fast-moving solar energetic particles, which were blown away from Earth toward the other side of the Sun.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, STEREO and the Solar Orbiter are all equipped to measure solar material that passes over them. Once the observations are retrieved, we may be able to learn more about solar energetic particles.

Video Credit: NASA Goddard 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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