Stunning blaze of the sun (see video)
United States, June 9, 2011
The Solar Dynamics Observatory of NASA managed to obtain stunning images of a giant solar flare ten times the size of the Earth, which has caused great surprise among experts.
The curious phenomenon is that the material ejected by the star king fell directly on its surface as an impressive shower of coronal mass and was not expelled into space.
Solar physicist Jack Ireland said he had “never seen anything like it before,” while detailed that the episode lasted at least ten hours.
However, the material does not plummeted as one would expect under normal conditions of gravity, but diverted to the famous sunspots, known as “hotspots.”
“It seemed like a lot of material going to plummet, but then was diverted to the active regions. The magnetic field of active regions aspirated plasma into it. It’s something that had never seen before,” explained Ireland.
How does this phenomenon affect Earth?
As the plasma fell back upon the surface of the sun and the flare was not aimed directly at our planet, only part of the coronal mass ejection will reach us. Experts say that the impact of solar material will not affect satellites, communications and electrical appliances.
It is expected that the impact on the Earth’s magnetic field is produced in the last hours of today offering a performance similar to the Northern Lights, while the plasma travels to us at a speed of five million km per hour.