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Composite Sun

Author: Guest Writer/Monday, February 27, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

 

If you’ve been wondering about all those auroras being observed lately, this NASA and ESA photograph shows their power source. A massive solar prominence was captured in mid-eruption blasting off a cloud of charged particles into space. The orange sun is viewed in extreme UV light and shows a filament of the solar flare that broke away from the sun.

The composite image consists of two captures superimposed with a green infrared filtered image offering almost an artist’s view of the energized flares.

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Solar Prominence, February 2012

(credit: NASA/ESA)

If you live in the Earth’s high and low latitudes of either hemisphere, watch the night skies for spectacular northern light-shows soon---the results of these huge solar flares.

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