Double CME Explodes Off the Sun

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February 14, 2010
Space Weather

This morning, Feb. 14th, one and possibly two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) billowed over the sun's western limb.

The source of the blasts appears to be a complex of sunspots (1045 and 1048) just now disappearing over the western limb. If so, NASA's STEREO Ahead spacecraft would have had a direct view of the double eruption. STEREO images are temporarily unavailable, however; we'll bring them to you as soon as possible. The CMEs were not directed at Earth, so our planet should feel no effects from the expanding clouds.