Sunday, February 26, 2012

Follow Up Solar Filament Eruption Solar Tsunami HD

From February 23 through February 24 our sun produced an astonishing five solar eruptions, launched from the top, bottom, left and right sides of the solar disk. Four of those eruptions came in just a 24 hour period.

One of the eruptions, a large snaking magnetic filament, erupted during the early hours of February 24, 2012 and launched the first of two coronal mass ejections (CME) in Earth’s direction. Analysis by scientist at the Goddard Space Weather Lab shows that this CME cloud will strike Earth's magnetic field on February 26, 2012 Geomagnetic storms and aurora are possible when the CME arrives.

The filament eruption, as seen in the video taken by the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) in extreme ultraviolet wavelength, forms a visible split in the sun's atmosphere, where plasma races away in waves in opposite directions. The divide stretches the length of the original filament location, almost 248,500 miles (400,000 km)., likened to a tsunami.

Solar filaments are darker, cooler solar material floating above the sun's surface, suspended by magnetic forces. When they appear over the solar limb they are called prominences.

The video will also take you through February 19 until February 26th 2012.

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