Friday, September 07, 2012

Solar Obseratories Witness and Record a Brilliant Eruption on the Sun

The Coronal Mass Ejection that took place was, if nothing else, exciting and majestic. Here is how NASA says:

  • On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere, erupted into space. The ejected mass traveled away from the sun at over 900 miles per second.
  • This movie shows the ejection from a variety of viewpoints as captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), and the joint ESA/NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).


kallamis said...

You all realize of course that this solar activity has the 2012 doomsayers kicked into top gear now right?
I'd like to see us develop something that could actually capture a part of one of these. My reasoning, the same as usual, because it's something to do, and you never know what you might just learn from it.

Beam Me Up said...

You know Kall, I never gave it a thought! OMG!

Capture? there are tons of material spread across thousands of miles! How would you organize the capture or such a huge construction. I am thinking that very powerful magnetic arrays would get some. Maybe arrayed like a torus would spin up the mass that then could be aimed at a receiver some where that could receive the cooler material which could be put to any number of things. Do not understand the material or exotics that would be there however.

kallamis said...

well, a minimal amount of anti-matter for one. But yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Using magnetic fields and waves should actually even be able to alter the course of one if it was too big. Would also make a nice defense for us in the same case.
Like I said, I'm usually out there somewhere. Lots of ideas, just no money or equipment, or a crew in order to try and make them work.