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Haunting photo captures a million-mile-long cloud shooting out of the sun : ScienceAlert

Haunting photo captures a million-mile-long cloud shooting out of the sun : ScienceAlert
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An astrophotographer captured a hauntingly beautiful image of a massive plasma plume shooting out of the sun.

The fiery filament known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), which the photographer said extended into space more than 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from the Sun’s surface.

The image was acquired Sept. 24 by a professional astrophotographer and Arizona resident Andrew McCarthyand he shared the stunning view on Reddit on the 9/25 subreddit r/space.

The CME was part of a minor solar storm – Class G-1, the lowest category of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geomagnetic Storm Scale – and rejected Earthcorresponding SpaceWeather.com.

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