Video of Solar Flare From August 31, Sun VIX Spiked (Video via NASA)

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Check out this huge solar flare (magnetic filament burst) that exploded out of the sun on August 31, 2012. These videos are from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. I put up a pic of the aurora it created in the sky on September 3. Check out the video of last year's crazy solar flare and prominence eruption. So, in layman's terms, the sun's VIX (volatility index) spiked again. The sunspot cycle is supposed to peak in 2013. Prepare...

"Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012). Viewed in the 304 Angstrom wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light, the filament strand gets stretched outwards until it finally breaks and heads off to the left. Some of the particles from this eruption did hit Earth with a glancing blow on Sept. 3, generating some beautiful aurora. The video clip covers four hours of activity." (NASA SDO, Aug. 31, 2012)

Here is a cooler video.

"A very large and bright prominence erupted off the surface of the Sun around 19:00 UT on August 31, 2012 and just kept going. This video from the STEREO Behind spacecraft shows the prominence and the coronal mass ejection (CME) in which its is embedded as it leaves the Sun (orange, EUVI) and travels through the fields of view of COR1 (green), COR2 (red), and HI1 (blue) telescopes before it finally disappears from HI1 around the end of September 2, still clearly visible more than two days after it erupted."

Check out the aurora over Whitehorse, Yukon on September 3, 2012 (via

source: NASA via courtesy of David Carter Sr

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