NASA releases stunningly trippy multi-angle video of solar eruption

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 16:43 EDT
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A solar eruption witnessed August 31, 2012. Photo: Courtesy, NASA.
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The solar eruption witnessed August 31, what’s known as a “solar prominence,” was captured in stunningly psychedelic detail by NASA scientists, who were kind enough to publish a video on Wednesday showing the gorgeous natural phenomenon from several breathtaking angles, all in glorious high definition.

The video was created using footage compiled from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory and the jointly-run ESA/NSA Solar Heliospheric Observatory. NASA said the eruption threw a coronal mass ejection away from the sun at over 900 miles per second.

It did not pose any threat to earth or man-made electronics, although the U.S. space agency has warned that a large enough solar flare directed at earth could cause problems with satellite communications and the U.S. electric grid.

This video was published to YouTube by NASAexplorer on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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