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Dark solar explosion, tsunami of June 7, 2011

  1. Jul 12, 2011 #1

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    "Dark" solar explosion, tsunami of June 7, 2011

    Spectacular video and discussion of solar events of June 7, 2011:

    "We'd never seen anything like it," says Alex Young, a solar physicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. "Half of the sun appeared to be blowing itself to bits."

    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/11jul_darkfireworks/

    Before SDO, space-based observatories observed the sun with relatively slow cadences and/or limited fields of view. They could have easily missed the majesty of such an explosion, catching only a single off-center snapshot at the beginning or end of the blast to hint at what actually happened.

    Hat's off to NASA and their Solar Dynamics Observatory,
    Steve
     
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