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A ball of ionized gas is hurled from the Sun (4 January 2002)
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- Title A ball of ionized gas is hurled from the Sun (4 January 2002)
- Released 26/05/2003 3:31 pm
- Copyright SOHO/LASCO (ESA & NASA)
Another spectacular Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) took off from the Sun in the early hours of January 4, starting off as a filament eruption seen by the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) in the 195 E images. The complexity and structure of the CME as it passed through the Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) C2 and C3 fields of view amazed even experienced solar physicists at the SOHO operations center.