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April 13, 2012

Solar Eruption in 2048p

Got a new iPad?

'Cause if you do you can watch the video up top in its native ultra-hi-def resolution. 

YouTube caption:

On October 25th and 26th, 2010, a twisted filament of magnetism on the sun decided to untwist. The result was a spectacular eruption recorded in full-disk detail by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

At its peak, the twister — or rather, untwister — towered more than 350,000 km above the stellar surface. It appears to have hurled a fragment of itself into space, but not toward Earth; the blast was not geoeffective.

Now that the filament has relaxed, it is unlikely to erupt again. 

[via Cult of Mac]

April 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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