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Epic Solar Blast
A "mega-filament" of solar magnetism erupted on Dec. 6th, producing a blast of epic proportions. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the action as the 700,000-km long structure lifted off the stellar surface and--snap!!--hurled itself into space. Astronomers estimate the power of the blast was equivelent to the detonation of 10 million megatons of nuclear weapon detonations. It was very lucky that the blast was not directed straight at earth, or it would have been very, very bad...
December 29, 2010

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