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"On July 19, 2012, the Sun produced a medium-size solar flare," NASA says on this new video captured by its Solar Dynamics Observatory, "what occurred with the flare was amazing." It's true. It's amazing. Fire started to fall down like rain—a hell waterfall many times the size of planet Earth. You have to watch this uncanny document for yourself.

Spectacular footage biggrin.gif
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Ok so forgive me for being a stupid here but I was wondering..

The picture at the start shows you the size of the Earth in comparison. Now I know the Earth is crazy small compared to the sun so it's not a distance thing, that was the actual size correct?

If that is the case is it not flat amazing to some people that there were "fire drops" that were literally HALF the size of Planet Earth falling down?!

Simply spectacular!
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WOW! Thanks for this smile.gif

inb4 end of the world coming.. If the sun exploded, I believe we wouldn't know for days? months?

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In summary, if the Sun were suddenly to explode in a spherically symmetrical way, then according to both general relativity and Newton’s theory of instantaneous force, the Sun’s gravitational “pull” on the Earth would not change appreciably until matter from the Sun passed the Earth’s orbit, which would be about 22 hours after the Sun exploded (for a typical supernova explosion). On the other hand, if Newtonian gravity were subject to a propagation delay equal to that of light, then the gravitational effects of the exploding Sun would begin to be felt just 8 minutes after the explosion.

http://www.mathpages.com/home/kmath585/kmath585.htm

So after 8 minutes, we would be insta-gib'd
Edited by kevinf - 2/21/13 at 6:56am
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Ok so forgive me for being a stupid here but I was wondering..

The picture at the start shows you the size of the Earth in comparison. Now I know the Earth is crazy small compared to the sun so it's not a distance thing, that was the actual size correct?

If that is the case is it not flat amazing to some people that there were "fire drops" that were literally HALF the size of Planet Earth falling down?!

Simply spectacular!

That is correct, the earth super-imposed on there was to scale, just to show how massive these CMEs can be. This on capable of enveloping the planet many times over.
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Very neat stuff.

Also, longer video: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/news/coronal-rain.html

Do note that the videos are time lapse.
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If the sun exploded, I believe we wouldn't know for days? months?

~8 minutes, actually.
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They should fly the space shuttle through there.
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Stunning , thanks for posting.
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post #8 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hexa View Post

Ok so forgive me for being a stupid here but I was wondering..

The picture at the start shows you the size of the Earth in comparison. Now I know the Earth is crazy small compared to the sun so it's not a distance thing, that was the actual size correct?

If that is the case is it not flat amazing to some people that there were "fire drops" that were literally HALF the size of Planet Earth falling down?!

Simply spectacular!

What I found amazing was a mate of mine thinking the sun was the size of a bus... doh.gif

Cheers for the video! simply marvelous!
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Transcendental.

One of the most beautiful things I've seen. Thanks OP.

The sheer scale...
Everyone should read the short explanation they have on "coronal rain". Once you watch it with that in mind, coupled with the music ,its just something else....
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blameless View Post

Very neat stuff.

Also, longer video: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/news/coronal-rain.html

Do note that the videos are time lapse.
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Originally Posted by kevinf View Post

If the sun exploded, I believe we wouldn't know for days? months?

~8 minutes, actually.

8 minutes after NASA first discovers it knows it will happen, sure.

But for all intensive purposes, it would be instantly to nearly all humans.

Just as the Sun rises in the horizon.
No one notices there is an 8 minute delay because the day doesn't begin when the light emits from the Sun, but when the light hits the Earth.
Edited by kennyparker1337 - 2/21/13 at 8:09am
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