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Time-Lapse Shows Solar Eruption Engulfs View Of Venus (VIDEO)


First Posted: 08/18/11 09:08 PM ET Updated: 10/18/11 06:12 AM ET

Too bright!

This time-lapse footage captured Tuesday by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows a "coronal mass ejection" as it sparks between the camera and its sightline of Venus. Of course, the Sun and and the "Morning Star" are more than 62 million miles apart, as Space.com reports, so there was never any real threat of this solar eruption getting too close for comfort.

This particular solar eruption may take an interesting angle, but it's not the most powerful spectacle we've seen lately. Another occurrence captured on camera is being hailed as the most powerful solar flare in nearly five years. Earth "lucked out," as a solar eruption did not face Earth, although it did "rock the Sun."

The sun's solar flare activity is expected to peak in 2013.

WATCH:


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