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2022 February 16
Eiffel Tower Prominence on the Sun
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What’s that on the Sun?
Although it may look like a flowing version of the
it is a
solar prominence that is actually much bigger — about the
height of Jupiter.
The huge prominence
emerged about ten days ago, hovered over the
Sun’s surface for about two days,
and then erupted — throwing a
coronal mass ejection (CME) into the Solar System.
The featured video,
captured from the astrophotographer’s backyard in
USA, shows an hour time-lapse played both forwards and backwards.
That CME did not impact the Earth, but our Sun had
other recent CMEs that not only triggered
Earthly auroras, but puffed out the
Earth’s atmosphere enough to
Starlink satellites to
Activity on the Sun, including
prominences, CMEs and
flares, continues to increase as the
Sun evolves away from a deep
minimum in its 11-year
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Authors & editors:
Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
NASA Official: Phillip Newman
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