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M2-Class Solar Flare Results in Massive Solar Eruption! (Video)

June 8, 2011

Huff Post reports: Yesterday morning, a massive eruption occurred on the sun, producing a solar flare and explosion of high energy particles.

NASA later released footage of the spectacle, described by the Geeked on Goddard blog as being “like a fountain of plasma that blasts out of the solar surface, spreads outward, and collapses to splat back down.” The video shows darker, relatively cool material splashing back onto the sun’s surface as it’s drawn in by the star’s intense magnetic pull.

For anyone concerned about the potential radiation that occurs from a natural occurrence of the sort, the Atlantic Wire reports that because of the sun’s current positioning, the radiation should not have a significant effect when it reaches the earth Wednesday or Thursday.

As NASA scientist C. Alex Young put it, “It’s not necessarily anything spectacular as far as space weather … it’s just really, really beautiful.”

Space Weather reports: STORM WARNING: NOAA forecasters estimate a greater than 25% chance of geomagnetic storms on June 9th. That’s when a CME from the magnificent flare of June 7th is expected to deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. Aurora alerts: voice, text.

MAGNIFICENT FLARE: On June 7th at 0641 UT, magnetic fields above sunspot complex 1226-1227 became unstable and erupted. The resulting blast produced an M2-class solar flare, an S1-class radiation storm, and an unbelievable movie.

Related from Guardian UK:
Space weather expert downplays threat to Earth from solar flare.
Solar flare that accompanied a coronal mass ejection from the sun on Tuesday will have limited effect on Earth’s magnetic field
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