Dynamic Earth: visualisation of a CME hitting Venus

This fulldome visualisation from the Earth science planetarium show Dynamic Earth shows a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun heading towards Venus.

The video clip opens with a closeup view of the Sun, featuring imagery collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) using an ultraviolet filter. Jets of ionized gases, called prominences, can be seen erupting from the solar surface. These spectacular eruptions are often constrained to loop-shaped trajectories due to the solar magnetic field.

As the visualisation moves outwards from the Sun and towards the orbit of the planet Venus, it shows a coronal mass ejection taking place on the Sun. This massive eruption sends a much higher density of particles (ions and electrons) into the solar wind.


NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Visualizers/Animators: Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC) (Lead) Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC) Tom Bridgman (GST)

About the Video

Release date:16 November 2015, 18:34
Duration:01 m 05 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Sun, Venus
Type:Solar System : Star : Feature : Corona : Prominence
Solar System


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