WATCH: Amazing NASA video shows the sun erupting

By: ABC News Email
By: ABC News Email

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NASA has captured rare footage of a coronal mass ejection (CME), or eruption of solar material, surging off the sun.

CMEs belch huge clouds of superheated particles from the sun's corona – the wispy, outermost and hottest layer - and can reach speeds exceeding 1 million miles per hour.

The CME, captured on May 9, was the first seen by NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS.

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

The field of view seen in the footage is about five Earth's wide and about seven and a half Earth's tall, according to NASA.


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