These images just could not go without being put together in a theme for everyone out there. They are absolutely breathtaking to say the least. You can see some awesome movies of this ejection as it occurred on the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center website.
These are fast as well!
The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth’s magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, with a glancing blow. causing aurora to appear
31 August 2012 Coronal Mass Ejection Theme Images
As always there are three download options that should accommodate everyone out there no matter what OS you are running on your machine:
Once again our thanks to NASA who allows free use of their images by the public.
Photo credits: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.