More images are released by NASA.
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NASA has released additional images captured during a massive coronal mass ejection (CME) in July 2012, some of which clearly show the formation of CMEs — a first for astronomers.
The images, which allowed astronomers to confirm that flux ropes — long strands of magnetic energy — precede the formation of CMEs, are the first captured by the space agency. The images are widely seen as some of the most important captured of the sun and could help astronomers better predict when the sun will eject CMEs and when they will strike Earth.