Haunting photo captures million-mile-long plume emerging from sun : ScienceAlert

An astrophotographer has captured a stunningly beautiful image of a huge cloud of plasma being ejected from the Sun.

The fiery filament, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), extended into space more than 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from the solar surface, according to the photographer.

The photo was taken on September 24 by professional astrophotographer and Arizona resident Andrew McCarthy, who shared the stunning sight on Reddit on September 25 in the r/space subreddit.

The CME was part of a small solar storm – a category G-1, the lowest category on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) geomagnetic storm scale – and was headed away from Earth, according to SpaceWeather.com.

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