POSTED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 6:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — NASA shared some actual video of what's called solar prominence. It was recorded on Monday.
A solar prominence is a large bright feature that extends outward from the sun's surface.
NASA said such eruptions are often associated with solar flares. In this case, a medium-sized flare occurred at the same time as the prominence.
It was captured from the left side of the sun by a NASA satellite that's part of the solar dynamics observatory.