NASA's IRIS observes first coronal mass ejection -- aka a giant solar flare

May 31, 2014 1:05 PM

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"This is the first clear CME for IRIS so the team is very excited," said Bart De Pontieu.

Capturing the impressive CME was a first for Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, which launched in just last summer.

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