WATCH as a Massive Eruption of Incandescent Plasma Explodes Far Into Space From the Sun

An elongated filament of plasma suspended above the Sun by titanic magnetic forces suddenly broke free on April 28 and 29, 2015. To watch the ensuing explosive spray of incandescent material out into space — a phenomenon known as a coronal mass ejection, or CME — please click on the image above.

The animation consists of images from the orbiting Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. SOHO’s Lasco C2 camera is able to acquire imagery of wispy CMEs like this only by blocking out the blindingly

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