A coronal mass ejection or CME burst off the side of the sun on May 9, making it the first CME captured by NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS.

A CME occurs when a closed field in the outer solar atmosphere violently releases gas and magnetic fields into space.

The field of view for this imagery is five Earths wide and about seven and a half Earths tall, according to NASA, and the material is jetting away from the sun at the speed of 1.5 million mph.

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