NASA | A First for IRIS: Observing a Gigantic Solar Eruption, Flames of size seven times that of the Earth

A coronal mass ejection burst off the side of the sun on May 9, 2014. The giant sheet of solar material erupting was the first CME seen by NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. The field of view seen here is about five Earth’s wide and about seven and a half Earth’s tall.

ASTRONOMY – Flames of size seven times that of the Earth …

For those who are in need of sun three weeks from the beginning of the summer, here is a video of a nature to warm up. NASA recently released images of exceptional solar flare, through its mission Iris (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph) helps you to understand the movements of energy in the solar atmosphere.

So we see a boiling plasma (coronal mass to be precise) heated to millions of degrees Fahrenheit. The flames from the sun reach a size 5-7 times the size of Earth and spread at the speed of 2, 4 million miles per hour.

Images dated May 9 also highlight the solar wind, a rarely observed phenomenon.According to NASA, “This new coverage will enable scientists to map the plumes of solar material moving across the solar region and identify where in their travels, they gain energy and heat. “

IRIS must commit to pointing at certain areas of the sun at least a day in advance, so catching a CME in the act involves some educated guesses and a little bit of luck.

The IRIS Observatory was designed by and the mission is managed by Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory. NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, provides mission operations and ground data systems.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the Explorers Program for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.

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