Monster Prominence Erupts from the Sun
When a rather large M 3.6 class flare occurred near the edge of the Sun on Feb. 24, 2011, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting magnetic plasma that swirled and twisted for 90 minutes. NASA’s SDO captured the event in extreme ultraviolet light.
Because SDO images are high definition, the team was able to zoom in on the flare and still see exquisite details. And using a cadence of a frame taken every 24 seconds, the sense of motion is, by all appearances, seamless.