Thursday, September 27, 2012

Solar eruption

A long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona, erupts out into space on Aug. 31. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled outward at more than 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but the storm did connect with Earth's magnetosphere, causing auroral displays on the night of Sept. 3. This picture includes an Earth-sized dot to provide a sense of scale.
By:  Helge Nome

The awesome power of the sun is brought home by the image above. Our pre-history forebears worshiped the sun, likely for millennia, as indicated by colossal stone structures that they left for us to contemplate. Perhaps they had a much deeper understanding of reality than we do?
Please click on image for a spectacular view

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