Contact: Christine Pulliam
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Caption: This time-lapse movie shows a solar eruption that happened on June 7, 2011. At lower right, material blasts outward from the sun and then splashes down again, creating dramatic flashes of light when infalling blobs hit the solar surface. The images within this movie show light at a wavelength of 171 Angstroms, taken with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Credit: NASA / SDO / P. Testa (CfA)
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