SOLAR ACTIVITY UPDATE: M8.7-Class Flare Associated With an Earth Bound CME(Jan 23rd 2012). (by Skyywatcher88)
We just caught part of a wave of material from a coronal mass ejection earlier (last night was great for aurorae if you live far enough north) and it looks like more may be headed our way. This is a “just barely still M-class” solar flare with a CME. If you want to be amazed, check about 28 seconds in as the video goes over the event in various wavelengths.
I actually kind of thrill to watch the instruments overload (the bright, spiked areas that lose all detail are overloads) from the output of something like this.
This is what happens when a giant ball of plasma that houses nuclear fusion reactions gets its magnetic field lines all tangled up.