TOWERING INFERNO: On May 15-16, a magnetic filament that astronomers have been monitoring for days rose up and erupted. Jett Aguilar of Quezon City, the Philippines, caught a massive fragment of plasma flying more than 350,000 km high:
"I used a Lunt solar telescope to image the event," says Aguilar. "It was magnificant."
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) also recorded the eruption. Watch this movie. SDO captured not just one but two filaments of magnetism exploding. Both hurled CMEs into space. NOAA analysts are modeling the storm clouds to determine if they will hit Earth. Stay tuned.