Around 1:40 a.m. Central time today, the sun unleashed a powerful M-class flare and large CME (coronal mass ejection) from a cluster of sunspot groups on the southwestern part of its disk. The ever-watching eye of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded a video of the event that’s nothing short of spectacular. The picture above is a single frame grab. Click the photo or click HERE to watch . Once you see the video, to replay it, highlight the web address in the address bar and press the enter key. I had to view it four times it was so good.
Another storm, this one from thunderstorms producing ammonia ice crystals, continues pounding the planet Saturn. Just this week, NASA released a new photo taken in March by the Cassini space probe that not only shows the swirly tempest but also the moons Dione and Rhea and the skinny ring plane. The storm wraps completely around the planet’s northern hemisphere.
Last night I could hardly get to bed because of storms brewing to the north and west of my home. Instead, I headed out with camera and tripod to record the lightning and take in the frenetic light show. Incredible ruffled clouds flashed into view with every stroke.
Sun, Saturn, Earth … we’re all brothers on the ocean of storms.