Stunning images of the sun’s surface burping from a coronal mass ejection, or CME, left netizens amazed after NASA shared a video on Instagram. Since it was shared about 14 hours ago, the post has already recorded over three million views, which is sure to increase as the stunning visuals fascinate space lovers.
In the video, the boiling surface of the Sun, the “cool star” as NASA called it in the caption to the post, can be seen exploding waves of solar plasma causing the Sun to shoot billions of particles into space at a speed of about a million miles per hour. The video shows a CME seen in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in 2013.
But could this eruption harm human life if it heads towards Earth?
Not really, as NASA explains in the caption: “Unlike solar flares, which are powerful bursts of radiation that can temporarily cause communications and navigation to be interrupted, early warning systems such as these can temporarily overwhelm electrical systems if power companies are not ready. .”
“Fortunately, our fleet of solar observatories helps us track these wonderful components of space weather, so disturbances on Earth are minimal,” the space agency added.
The powerful visuals made a curious Instagram user ask, “Is this a real shot?”
NASA replied, “Yes! Our Solar Dynamics Observatory has taken over the optical observatory. The spacecraft orbits the Sun and monitors its activity so that we can better understand it.”
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