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09-16-2018, 09:55 AM
A Solar Filament Erupts
Image Credit: NASA's GSFC, SDO AIA Team


What's happened to our Sun? Nothing very unusual -- it just threw a filament. Toward the middle of 2012, a long standing solar filament suddenly erupted into space producing an energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The filament had been held up for days by the Sun's ever changing magnetic field and the timing of the eruption was unexpected. Watched closely by the Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, the resulting explosion shot electrons and ions into the Solar System, some of which arrived at Earth three days later and impacted Earth's magnetosphere, causing visible aurorae. Loops of plasma surrounding an active region can be seen above the erupting filament in the featured ultraviolet image. Although the Sun is now in a relatively inactive state of its 11-year cycle, unexpected holes have opened in the Sun's corona allowing an excess of charged particles to stream into space. As before, these charged particles are creating auroras.

A Solar Filament Erupts
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09-16-2018, 10:24 AM
This is from 2012? The Sun is currently acting a lot like it did back in 2007 - long periods of very quiet Sun. Galactic cosmic ray intensities are climbing. The wind has gone into corotational patterns. Things are very quiet right now.