The "mega-filament" has just erupted. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory made a must-see movie (above) of the epic blast. The eruption does not appear to be headed toward Earth.
A huge magnetic filament snaking around the sun's SE limb, stretching more than 700,000 km, has erupted. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the break. Zoom version.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took the above pictures during the early hours of Dec 6, 2010.