Solar Outpouring (February 19, 2004)
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A highly structured coronal mass ejection (CME) with a dense center
(seen as white) blasted out from the Sun on Feb. 15, 2004. This
fast-moving cloud of particles moved out of the field of view of the
C2 coronagraph in just a few hours, but the streaming of particles
continued to pour material out into space for the rest of the day
(see video clip). CMEs are solar storms that propel billions of tons
of material at millions of miles per hour. They also carry magnetic
field away from the Sun, which can interact with the Earth's
magnetosphere if directed our way.
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