NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory Sees Solar Ballet, Part Deux (video) NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption A solar eruption gracefully rose up from the sun on Dec. 31, 2012, twisting and turning. Magnetic forces drove the flow of plasma, but without sufficient force to overcome the sun's gravity much of the plasma fell back into the sun. This four-hour event occurred from 10:20 am to 2:20 pm EST and was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in extreme ultraviolet light shown here at a high cadence of an image every 36 seconds. Credit NASA SDO Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.