GIF of Coronal Mass Ejection on January 4, 2002

Credit: images from SOHO (NASA & ESA), animation by Randy Russell (UCAR).

A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) erupts from the Sun in January 2002. The actual disc of the Sun, indicated by the white circle, is hidden in this view through an instrument called a coronagraph. The coronagraph creates an artificial eclipse by blocking the too-bright light from the Sun's surface, allowing us to view the Sun's dimmer atmosphere.