This is What Happens When the Sun “Burps”
On August 31, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory snapped some pretty incredible images of an eruption on the sun. While the explosion did not disturb your mid-morning tanning session, it did send a wave of solar plasma towards the earth at 900 miles per hour. Known as a coronal mass ejection, this is basically what happens when the sun “burps”. As a result, beautiful auroras could be seen throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The one in the first image was taken in Canada.
The video below is a frame by frame breakdown of the sun’s CME taken over a three hour span. Trailing the video are photos from the explosion itself, all taken by NASA.