Molten curl spews from Sun
NASA PHOTO RELEASE
Posted: July 7, 2002
One of the more interesting aspects of this sited prominence, is that we are edging toward a more tame period of the Sun's 11-year cycle. With 'solar max' occurring between 1999 and 2001, sunspot counts and solar activity have been on the decline.
The image sequence below shows how this event evolved as a coronal mass ejection (CME) cloud just minutes later as it moved in an hour and a half through the field of view of the LASCO C2 instrument on SOHO. A CME blasts billions of tons of matter at millions of miles (kilometers) per hour into space.
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