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When the Sun produces a coronal mass ejection, is the blast of sufficient force to alter our star's path through the cosmos? Do these eruptions significantly perturb our solar system?

Bill Brown, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
RELATED TOPICS: SUN | SOLAR SYSTEM | CMES
Coronal mass ejections
The Sun sheds material in two ways: a constant solar wind due to an outward expansion of its extremely hot upper atmosphere (or corona) and less frequent explosive events called “coronal mass ejections” (CMEs).

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