Editor's Choice Picture of the Day - NASA Captures Giant Prominence Eruption - April 17, 2012
A beautiful prominence eruption shot off the east limb (left side) of the sun on Monday, April 16, 2012. Such eruptions are often associated with solar flares, and in this case an M1 class (medium-sized) flare did occur at the same time, though it was not aimed toward Earth. This event, which is still in progress, was seen by NASA’s SDO satellite.
Watch the flare in Super Slow Motion here.
The prominence shot off the left side of the sun in association with an M1 class flare that was not Earth-directed.