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Massive Filament Eruption, with Superimposed Earth for Scale
Massive Filament Eruption, with Superimposed Earth for Scale

A long filament erupted on the sun on August 31, 2012, shown here in this still captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The eruption lasted from noon EDT to 1:45 a.m. the next morning. This still shows light at 304 Angstroms which help scientists observe the sun's atmosphere, or corona. Pictured next to the filament is a superimposed Earth, shown to scale. Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA

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