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Labor Day Weekend Solar Coronal Mass Ejection
September 7, 2010
Still from animated gif of CME eruption of Sept. 4, 2010> Watch video
This Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) corongraph video shows the Sept. 7 solar coronal mass ejection (CME). Credit: NASA/SOHO/Tony Phillips

Close-up of northwest region of the Sun shows a magnetic filament exploding off the surface. > View larger
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This close-up of the northwestern region of the Sun shows a filament erupting. Credit: NASA/SDO

The Sun began its Labor Day celebration late Saturday, September 4 around 1600 UT, with a magnetic filament erupting from active region 1103, hurling a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) off the Sun's northwestern limb. The CME was not directed at Earth, although the CME cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field, which may result in a few high-latitude aurora.


Holly Zell
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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