Images of the August 1 solar flare

The solar eruptions on August 1, 2010 that resulted in Northern lights throughout the Northern Hemisphere have been captured by various NASA cameras.

A video of the flare was captured by the STEREO COR1 telescopes. The 3 second video combines COR1-Ahead images with Helium II 304 Angstrom images from the STEREO EUVI telescope. It shows the rapid explosion of material outward, followed by a slower eruption of a polar crown prominence from another part of the sun.

Another 3 second clip by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.  According to NASA, the origin of the blast was sunspot 1092. At about the same time, an enormous magnetic filament stretching across the sun’s northern hemisphere erupted.

Another video shows the ejection of coronal mass. This video was also from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Finally, a downloadable high definition image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory of the news-making solar event on August 1 shows the C3-class solar flare (white area on upper left), a solar tsunami (wave-like structure, upper right), multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more.

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