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 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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  1. michaelfury

    August 3, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Curious

    I thought there were supposed to be less solar eruptions this year. Come on guys, it's just rocket science.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. preacher jim


    August 3, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. preacher jim

    This was fortold in the Book of Escalations. Eclesiastees 21 verse 7. Send me your money and i will praaaay for you.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |

    IT'S just like that movie 2012... im gonna build me a lava boat...

    August 3, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |

    altho...seriously, i some how feel that this is all eddie van halen's fault...

    August 3, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Curious

    Nice tribute to VH debut album, RUFFNUTT.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |

    if we all played van halens eruption backwards all at the same time could this counter act the sun and help with the heat wave?

    August 3, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. CSnSC

    Fan-freakin'-tastic. I get my new iphone Friday and wont know if i'm using it wrong or its EMI.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Curious

    Actually this can be traced to VH replacing DLR with Sammy Hagar. It upset the gentle balance of the universe.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Remember, boys and girls, don't look directly at the sun...

    August 3, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    I agree totally, Curious!

    August 3, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. JB


    wuts up buddy..? long time no see..i misse ya..lmao

    August 3, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    Awww, I've been here, I've had to change my name a couple of times; I was Queenie and Madame Royale.
    Thanks for missing 'banasy', though!

    August 3, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fossil

    It's pretty pleasant in this part of the NE.
    My AC has been on every minute that anybody was home for months now.
    The solar activity is definitely a sign of the Last Days.
    I'm going to repent later this afternoon.

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