Did you know earth is that small compared to the sun? Oh you did? Well did you know earth really isn't that close to the sun? You knew that too, huh? Well excuse me for trying to educate, Mr. Smarty Pants. MASSIVE SOLAR ERUPTION!:
This "long filament of solar material," as NASA calls it, was spotted tearing away from the Sun at upwards of 900 miles per second.
"It is hard to easily judge the size of this 3D event with a 2D image at this angle, but this filament is probably on the order of 30 Earths across, 300,000 kilometers or 186,000 miles," explained C. Alex Young, a solar physicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Hit the jump for a video of the action, which I'm still having a hard time believing is real and not just a cutscene from the Mass Effect franchise. Hey, I'm just glad we survived the thing and my satellite television never went out. FUN FACT: Did you know the sun is the ruling sign for Leos like myself? That might explain why I'm so pale. "You get inside and you f***ing stay there!" it's always yelling at me.
Hit the jump for various shots of the eruption taken at different wavelengths, as well as the video.
Thanks to Closet Nerd, Danielle and Inky Bloc, who all made sure to point out that earth isn't really that close to the sun because they think I'm dumb. And I am, I thought that was a real photo taken from Mars.