ESA and NASA’s Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured this image of a coronal mass ejection bursting off the leftside of the image at 9:25 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2013. This sun itself is obscured in this image.
An explosion off the sun is speeding towards three NASA spacecraft.
NASA says not one, but two, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) went hurling off the sun between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
Particles from the first CME are headed in the direction of NASA's Spitzer, Kepler and Epoxi spacecraft.
"There is, however, no particle radiation associated with this event, which is what would normally concern operators of interplanetary spacecraft since the particles can trip computer electronics on board," according to NASA's website.
This isn't the first time in recent memory that back-to-back CMEs have shot from the sun. NASA recorded similar events on January 23 and February 5.
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This picture is made of images taken far away as well as close to the sun, which allows scientists to compare what happens at both locations. Here you see a coronal mass ejection moving away from the sun in the upper right corner. (Image: ESA/NASA)