Filament Blasting into Space (February 1, 2013)
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A strand of solar filament broke away from the Sun and out into space (Jan. 23, 2013). In the STEREO (Behind) spacecraft image, the green Sun (false color) viewed in extreme UV light has been superimposed on the dark disk of the COR1 coronagraph that views activity in the Sun's corona. Leading the way was the smooth front of a coronal mass ejection, followed by the double strands of plasma, seen in bright, then fainter white as they expand into space. Filaments are unstable clouds of cooler gases that are tethered not far above the Sun. They often break apart as seen here. The movie covers 12 hours of activity.
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