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This is what the largest solar flare recorded in a single image looks like | Digital Trends Spanish

The European Space Agency (ESA) managed to capture the largest solar flare (or prominence) in a single image, along with the entire solar disk.

The image was recorded by the Solar Orbiter scientific satellite on February 15 and the photograph was published on the ESA Twitter account.


wow! The giant solar eruption of 15 Feb seen by #SolarOrbiter – the largest solar prominence ever observed in a single image together with the full solar disc, thanks to the novel design of our Full Sun Imager. #ExploreFarther #WeAreAllSolarOrbiters

— ESA’s Solar Orbiter (@ESASolarOrbiter) February 18, 2022

The event spread millions of kilometers into space; however, according to the agency, the coronal mass ejection is not directed towards our planet.

These solar prominences are frequently associated with coronal mass ejections. If these flares are directed at Earth, they can interfere with satellites, power lines, and other essential structures.

Together with @this‘s future dedicated #spaceweather mission Vigil, which will provide unique views of events like these, we can better protect our home planet from the Sun’s violent outbursts.
More about Vigil👉

— ESA’s Solar Orbiter (@ESASolarOrbiter) February 18, 2022

“Although this event did not send a burst of deadly particles toward Earth, it is an important reminder of the unpredictable nature of the Sun and the importance of understanding and monitoring its behavior,” the European Space Agency said in a statement.

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While other space telescopes often record this type of solar activity, they use an instrument that blocks glare to capture more detailed images of the corona.

The prominence recorded by Solar Orbiter is the largest event of its kind captured in a single field of view.

According to the researchers, this opens up new possibilities to observe how these types of events connect with the solar disk. In addition, the images provided by the SOHO telescope can offer complementary views taken from greater distances.

Something similar can be done by Vigil, the future ESA mission, which will be dedicated to space meteorology and will also be able to provide unique views of events of this nature with the aim of “protecting our planet from the violent outbursts of the Sun”.

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