Best of 2012 // #100: Sunburnt


On August 31st, 2012, our sun spit out a cloud of super-heated plasma, travelling over 900 miles per second.  NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory tracked the filament to take this image.

The filament above measures roughly 30 Earths long, and it likely won’t be the only image:  2013 is expected to mark a peak in the Sun’s 11-year cycle of activity.  That means an increased risk to satellites, but also a great chance to obverse some solar phenomenon.

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