Spectacular Blast (June 10, 2011)
The Sun unleashed an M2 (medium-sized) solar flare with a substantial coronal mass ejection (June 7, 2011) that is visually spectacular. The large cloud of plasma mushroomed up, and while some parts of this fell back into the Sun, most rushed off into space. When viewed in the STEREO (Ahead) coronagraphs, the event shows a very bright plasma cloud roaring from the Sun.
The first image and movies show the cloud in mid-flight by combining images taken at the same time: the orange-ish Sun itself (in extreme UV light) with the green C1 and reddish C2 coronagraph. The second image and movies show just the Sun and the C1 coronagraph, providing a closer view of the event, clearly showing material falling back down onto the Sun from astonishingly great heights.
Images and movies of just the Sun itself during this event can be found on the Solar Dynamics Observatory web site.
SOHO began its Weekly Pick some time after sending a weekly image or video clip to the American Museum of Natural History (Rose Center) in New York City. There, the SOHO Weekly Pick is displayed with some annotations on a large plasma display.
If your institution would also like to receive the same Weekly Pick from us for display (usually in Photoshop or QuickTime format), please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.