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giant eruptions from the Sun


Sometimes a prominence becomes unstable and erupts with spectacular effects.


Prominence from the Sun


Image of a prominence eruption as seen from the High altitude Observatory


Here is an image and a movie of a prominence erupting. It was taken with the EIT instrument on SOHO, which records ultraviolet radiation from helium atoms.


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And here’s a picture of the grand-daddy of all prominences. It reached a height of 200,000 km above the solar surface! We can learn more about prominences if we observe them at many different wavelengths.


Below is another movie of a prominence eruption in white light (Courtesy of the High Altitude Observatory).


Brianbuster - How many words can you make out of the word PROMINENCE?

To see just how violent the Sun can be, join Mark and Alexi for their adventure into Storms from the Sun

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