“The August 1st event really opened our eyes,” NASA scientist Karel Schrijver said. “We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out on scales we scarcely imagined before.”
Scientists are still trying to figure out whether and how the massive explosions that occurred so far apart on the sun’s surface were connected.
“We’re still sorting out cause and effect,” Schrijver told the Daily Mail. “Was the event one big chain reaction, in which one eruption triggered another–bang, bang, bang–in sequence? Or did everything go off together as a consequence of some greater change in the sun’s global magnetic field?”
You can watch both videos below:
The August 1 “Great Explosion,” below: