Watch an intense solar storm erupt on the surface of the sun

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured video of a solar storm, and radiation could be headed towards Earth VIDEO

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Watch an intense solar storm erupt on the surface of the sun"Three X-class flares erupted from the left side of the sun June 10-11, 2014. These images are from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and show light in a blend of two ultraviolet wavelengths: 171 and 131 Angstroms," NASA (Credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard)

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured stunning images of a violent solar storm, which occurred on Tuesday. The video below shows a wave of “dark plasma,” which had been slinking around the sun, erupting on the surface.

It is unclear if there was a coronal mass ejection (CME) — or burst of plasma — which could send radiation hurtling towards Earth.

However, Spaceweather.com is reporting that there could be a CME headed our way: “According to NOAA analysts, the CME could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 6th.”

Powerful CMEs can knock out high frequency communications, cause blackouts and or fry satellites. In 2012 Earth had a near miss with a particularly powerful CME, which could have caused widespread disruption.

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This CME is not predicted to be “particularly fast or powerful,” according to Spaceweather.com. Yet it’s effects may still possibly be seen on Earth in the form of a stunning auroras in the Southern and Northern hemispheres. Watch the storm below, via Space.com:

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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