June 18, 2024


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A false-color composite image of a coronal mass ejection measuring around 1 million miles firing away from the sun.

A million-mile-long column of plasma emanating from the sun in a stunning image

False-color composite image of a coronal mass ejection, about 1 million miles across, shooting away from the Sun on September 24. (Image credit: Andrew McCarthy/@cosmic_background)

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A photographer has captured an incredibly beautiful picture of a huge plume of plasma rising from the sun. fiery filament, known as a Coronal mass ejection (CME), extending into space more than 1 million miles (1.6 million km) from the surface of the Sun, according to the photographer.

The photo was taken on September 24 by a professional photographer based in Arizona Andrew McCarthy (Opens in a new tab)and shared the amazing view on Reddit on September 25th in the subreddit r/space (Opens in a new tab). The CME was part of a small solar storm—category G-1, the lowest category on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) geomagnetic storm scale—and steered away from a landto me SpaceWeather.com (Opens in a new tab).