Solar Flare - off topic

From: R. Eric \ (
Date: Wed Jul 03 2002 - 00:06:58 EEST

            A massive solar eruption, more than 30 times the length of
Earth's diameter,
            blasted away from the Sun on July 1, 2002, and was captured
in a picture taken by
            the SOHO satellite. The a fiery-looking 'leg' in the
lower-left corner of the image
            is what astronomers call an eruptive prominence, a loop of
magnetic fields that trap
            hot gas inside. If eruptions like these are aimed at Earth,
they can disturb Earth's
            magnetosphere, but this one was not directed at our planet,
a spokesman for SOHO
            said. (NASA/Reuters)


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