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Fast-moving CME (August 16, 2002)

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  • On August 16, 2002 SOHO's LASCO C2 instrument observed a halo coronal mass ejection (CME) as it blasted away from the Sun. Its source was near a large sunspot, several times the size of Earth, labeled AR 0069 and it was associated with an M5 flare. The speed of the CME was estimated to be a fast 1404 km/s. A "halo" CME means that material can be seen spreading out from the sun in all directions almost like a halo around it. The CME impacted Earth in just two days on Sunday, Aug. 18 and triggered a relatively minor G-1 geomagnetic storm (on a scale of 1-5). Aurora could be seen in much of Northern Europe and Canada.

    The video shows the Sunspot, an EIT 304 image of the full disk at about the time of the flare and CME, then a series of images of the storm as it heads out into space.

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