A complex and fascinating event took place on the sun early Sunday morning (timed appropriately). Here’s the description from the highly recommended site, SpaceWeather:
On August 1st around 0855 UT, Earth orbiting satellites detected a C3-class solar flare. The origin of the blast was sunspot 1092. At about the same time, an enormous magnetic filament stretching across the sun’s northern hemisphere erupted.
Our closeup above is taken from today’s (Monday) Current Image of the Sun (top of right-hand column), courtesy of the still-new and always-awesome Solar Dynamics Observatory. Don’t miss the video at SpaceWeather.com showing the huge filament referred to above detach from the sun and head off into space.