Epic Solar Filament Eruption from Dec. 6, 2010 Seen by STEREO

A huge filament eruption views from the side with STEREO EUVI in 304 Angstrom wavelength extreme ultraviolet light.

A huge filament eruption views from the side with STEREO EUVI in 304 Angstrom wavelength extreme ultraviolet light.

A huge filament eruption views from the side with STEREO EUVI in 304 Angstrom wavelength extreme ultraviolet light.

A very long solar filament that had been snaking around the Sun erupted (Dec. 6, 2010) with a flourish. STEREO (Behind) caught the action in dramatic detail in extreme ultraviolet light of Helium. It had been almost a million km long (about half a solar radius) and a prominent feature on the Sun visible over two weeks earlier before it rotated out of view. Filaments, elongated clouds of cooler gases suspended above the Sun by magnetic forces, are rather unstable and often break away from the Sun. Other images and video clips of this event as seen by Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) can be seen here on the SDO website as well as on TheSunToday YouTube Channel. (credit: Steele Hill, SOHO Pick of the Week for December 11, 2010)

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