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Solar Flare / CME - 2012-01-02 - SDO AIA 304Å - HD

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Here is a solar flare which occurred on 2012-01-02. The video is 26 seconds long and shows the active region from approximately 13:00 to 16:15, a time period of a little more than 3 hours. It is made from over 325 individual images which were gathered by the AIA instrument on the SDO at intervals of about 100 per hour, less than a minute apart. Even though it looks like slow motion, it is actually sped up almost 500 times times. This view is from the 304Å filter on the AIA instrument aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite. The 304Å filter records thermal characteristics of around 90,000 degrees Fahrenheit, originating mostly in the Sun's upper chromosphere and transition region.