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CME Traveling Toward Mars Observed By NASA’s STEREO On 22 July

23 July, 2013

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Follow us: - On July 22, 2013, at 2:24 a.m. EDT, NASA Spacecraft witnessed a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) erupted by the sun.

It left the sun at around 715 miles per second, which is a fairly fast speed for CMEs. CME - a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites - was speeding away from the left side of the sun, traveling toward Mars.

Experimental NASA research models based on observations from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, show that the CME was not Earth-directed.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed by NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) on July 22, 2013. (Photo: NASA)

An Earth-directed CME was observed this year in April, but did not affect any person as it could not pass through Earth's atmosphere, according to Science World Report.

On 1 July, 2013, another CME was sent from the sun but it was directed towards Venus and Mercury.

Northern Lights can be observed in the sky after an Earth-directed CME enters Earth's atmosphere.

Coronal Holes: 23 Jul 2013

Solar wind flowing from the indicated coronal hole should reach Earth on July 25-26. Credit: SDO/AIA.

The CME may also pass by NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft, and its mission operators have been notified. If warranted, operators can put spacecraft into safe mode to protect the instruments from the solar material.

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