Eruption lights up sun's surface
The circled bright spot on the sun spewed X-rays and other interesting stuff toward Earth, observers say.
August 3rd, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Eruption lights up sun's surface

A spot on the face of the sun cut loose with an impressive eruption Tuesday, but observers don't think it will amount to much on Earth.

Tuesday's coronal mass ejection spewed tons of gas and radioactive material into space in the general direction of Earth. (You can watch a video of it here.) The solar material is expected to reach Earth sometime Friday, when it may trigger spectacular polar light shows, said Dr. Tony Phillips of Spaceweather.com. Ejections of this size can also cause minor radio interruptions in polar regions, according to the site.

Using observations from three spacecraft with different perspectives, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center constructed a 3-dimensional model that illustrates the solar material's travel through space.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT

    i use to play eruption all the time

    August 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JB

    @HRH banasy

    wasnt that one too..? lol

    August 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grammar Queen

    "The circled bright spot on the sun spewed X-rays and other interesting stuff toward Earth, observers say." And other interesting stuff??? Who edits this "stuff?"

    August 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JB

    wait....is this the real queen or imposter banasy..?

    August 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @JB:
    Yes, HRH banasy was me, too.
    Grammar Queen is *not* me, though!

    August 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Fossil sounds like somebody I know...

    August 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. george

    there go the bands, crap

    August 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JB

    @ real banasy

    hey remember the religious arguement we had a few months back..? Sorry bout all that back than..didnt mean to say anything offensive..to each their own as the saying goes..hope all is well for you

    August 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bodyguard

    Watch out JB, don't try to be funny with banasy. You know who I am. Your worst nightmare.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bodyguard

    You start talking fine and later the truth comes out. Who are you trying to fool? Go on and patrol the streets and leave the people alone. If you start with your BS I'm going to finish you. You feel me?

    August 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Curious

    @banasy; but momma, that's where the fun iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JB

    @fernace

    lol..agreed..well put

    August 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    @JB
    He really is annoying. Weve been dealing with his non-intellectual garbage for quite some time. Id like to smack him up with you

    August 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JB

    @fernace

    lol..that is awesome..were on the same page

    August 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    JB; I'm sick of this, I hear about big cocs and I don't have any. I like it inside my ass. do you want to fuc?

    August 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
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