Solar eruption jets off at speed of 1.5M mph

Amazing new video from NASA shows the sun erupting in stunning detail. (CNN/NASA VIA APTN)
Amazing new video from NASA shows the sun erupting in stunning detail. (CNN/NASA VIA APTN)

(CNN/NASA VIA APTN) — You’ve never seen a solar eruption video quite like this before.

Amazing new video from NASA shows the sun erupting in stunning detail.

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, captured this rare footage of a coronal mass ejection, or eruption of solar material.

The material is jetting away from the sun surface at the speed of 1.5 million mph.

While you watch the video, keep this dazzling detail in mind: The field of view seen in the footage is about five Earths wide and about 7 ½ Earths tall, according to NASA.

To capture the phenomenon, according to NASA, the IRIS must be pointed at the sun a day ahead of time and involves a degree of luck.

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