Different Solar Outbursts (June 22, 2012)
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The Sun exhibited three very different kinds of CMEs (coronal mass ejections) within a day (June 17-18, 2012). The first CME started to blossom out to the left, but most of the ejecta fell back towards the Sun. We do not see this very often with our coronagraph instruments. The second one (at about the one o'clock position) is a slow developing and narrow CME that gradually breaks away into space. The third CME, again to the left, is your more typical, bulbous CME that successfully blew a cloud of particles out from the Sun.
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