Watch the moment solar material ERUPTS from the surface of the sun

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An orbiting observatory with its instruments turned toward the sun has captured the moment high-energy material erupts from the solar surface as Venus shines overhead.

The Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) operated by NASA and ESA spotted the phenomenon earlier this week and shared it on Twitter.

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The event was what’s known as a coronal mass ejection, in which the sun spews plasma and magnetic field from its upper atmosphere.

Coronal mass ejections are relatively common occurrences in space weather. But, that doesn’t make them unremarkable.

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These events can send billions of tons of material hurtling into space and towards our own planet, sometimes effecting satellites and communications.

The latest was discovered in the SOHO observations by scientists Karl Battams.

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The observation comes just days after NASA revealed its historic mission to study the sun had delivered data from its first two encounters – amounting to a payload 50 percent larger than the space agency was expecting.

'All of the expected science data collected through the first and second encounters is now on the ground,' said Nickalaus Pinkine, Parker Solar Probe mission operations manager at APL in a statement at the beginning of August.

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'As we learned more about operating in this environment and these orbits, the team did a great job of increasing data downloads of the information gathered by the spacecraft’s amazing instruments.'

A boon in information was aided by a better-than-expected performance from the probe's telecommunications system which NASA says has helped...
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