Proton Storm Event (September 30, 2011)
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The Sun produced a powerful X1.4 flare on September 22, 2011. From Earth, this flare appeared on the limb, but the STEREO Behind spacecraft saw the event head on. This movie shows the flare as seen in extreme UV. A coronal wave can be seen traveling south along the surface of the Sun, and the associated coronal mass ejection appears as white areas in the coronagraph images (blue). Highly energetic particles thrown off by the Sun can be seen impacting the telescope detectors, producing bright dots and streaks.
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