Watch The Sun Barf Out an Eight-Million-Mile Plasma Jet


Image: ESA/NASA/SOHO
Image: ESA/NASA/SOHO
Last week, the Sun barfed out an enormous jet of plasma that extended eight million miles into space like some kind of epic stellar flamethrower. 


By Becky Ferreira|MOTHERBOARD

The event, known as a solar prominence, went down between April 28 and April 29. Fortunately for everyone, astronomers caught the whole thing on camera using NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the joint ESA/NASA satellite ESA/NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).

The below video, compiled by astronomer Karl Battams, shows the colossal eruption from the perspective of both spacecraft, across many wavelengths, distances, and angles.

Scale model of solar prominence, Jupiter, and Earth. Image: NASA Goddard Flight Center
Scale model of solar prominence, Jupiter, and Earth. Image: NASA Goddard Flight Center

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