This solar explosion distorted the sun’s magnetic field (video)

This solar explosion distorted the sun’s magnetic field (video)

The Sun unleashed an eruption powerful enough to distort its magnetic field this week.

Satellites monitored the solar explosion known as A Coronal mass ejection (CME) on Wednesday (November 15) captured a bright explosion of extremely hot plasma as it was blasted into space. The solar ultraviolet imager on the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) GOES-16 satellite captured an image of planet Earth. the sun With a cascade of material being released near the North Pole.

CMEs arise from SunspotsThese are dark areas on the surface of the sun where it is strong Magnetic field lines They often intertwine, intersect, and reorganize, causing a sudden burst of energy. This release of energy can launch huge plumes of solar material that can travel through space at millions of miles per hour. High-speed energy released after the Nov. 15 CME caused temperature changes along the Sun’s magnetic field lines, officials at the European Space Agency (ESA) said. He said on X (formally known as Twitter).

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 satellite captured this image of a coronal mass ejection erupting from the Sun’s north polar region (top) on November 15, 2023. (Image credit: NOAA)

“The coronal ejection was so large that it distorted the Sun’s magnetic field, disrupting the delicate balance of forces around our star and causing a massive outward rush of mass,” ESA Operations He said in X’s post Which shares the view of the solar explosion captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft.

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