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Breakaway CME (September 10, 2003)


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An unusual coronal mass ejection (CME), kind of shaped like a jellyfish, broke away from the Sun (September 8, 2003) and rocketed out into space. Captured by the LASCO C2 coronagraph and cropped to the area of the CME, the video clip and still image show the odd structure of this solar event. The video clip, slowed down to show the event's structure, shows eight hours of activity, which consists of about 20 frames. More typical CMEs show bulbous structures that maintain their shape as they move away from the Sun in the C2 coronagraphs. This one is uniquely shaped, reminding the scientists that, despite over seven years of daily observations, there is still more variety yet to be seen.

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