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A CME Bursts into Space (October 30, 2001)

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  • These three images taken over two hours by the LASCO C2 instrument show a rapidly expanding coronal mass ejection (CME) blasting billions of tons of particles out from the Sun at over a million kilometers per hour. This is just one of a number of CMEs that occurred during the past week. The Sun, blocked by an occulting disk, is represented by the white circle. The breadth of view of the C2 instrument is twelve solar radii or about 8.6 million kilometers.

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