Star Strangled Strong flares that are travelling towards Earth are threatened by a massive solar explosion that generates

On Friday, a black magnetic filament shot out of the sun's atmosphere.

This eruption created a gigantic tear to appear on the sun's surface.

The canyon which appeared in the sun was 155,000 miles long, and 15,500 miles deep, according to Space Weather.

Before it is sent into space, a plasma filament can be seen suspended above the canyon's surface.

A Coronal Mass Ejection, a specific kind of solar storm, was seen by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).

CMEs and solar flares differ in that CMEs move more slowly and solar flares can take up to eight minutes to reach Earth.

The fastest CME would take 15 to 18 hours to hit Earth.

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