SOHO Captures Nov. 9, 2012 CME

On the left is an image of a coronal mass ejection (CME) from Nov. 9, 2012, as captured by the joint ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) at 10:48 a.m. EST. The CME can be seen as the light band that appears to be spreading away from the dark disk at the center, which is used to block the bright light from the sun in order to observe the dimmer solar atmosphere. The right image is what's called a "difference" image, which helps highlights recent changes in any given image, thus making the CME stand out. Credit: ESA&NASA/SOHO/GSFC

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