Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard features an eruption on the sun that produced a solar flare and a coronal mass ejection. The stunning light show was captured on July 19, 2012.
Just after the ejection of solar material, hot plasma can be seen falling from the corona back down to the surface of the sun. This phenomenon is called coronal rain.
The charged plasma moves along the invisible lines of magnetic fields. According to NASA, the plasma acts as a tracer, outlining the magnetic fields as it slowly falls back to the solar surface.
The footage in this video was collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s AIA instrument.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard