The prominence erupted sending an immense amount of solar plasma and magnetic field away from the sun into space. Amateur astronomer David Evans took pictures of the prominence with a telescope while the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) observed the eruption.
This video shows David Evan’s photograph on the left and a video from SDO in the 304 Angstrom wavelength on the right. The image is rotated but a small image of the sun is next to the prominence to show its location.
An image of the Earth has been added to show the scale of the prominence.
(credit: David Evans and spaceweather.com)
David Evans took the picture from his backyard observatory in Coleshill, North Warwickshire, UK. “This was a huge event,” he says. “It just goes to show how the sun can surprise observers even at this ‘low’ phase of the solar cycle.”