Surface Mass Ejection

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A surface mass ejection (SME), depicted in this illustration, is a relatively recently discovered phenomenon in stellar astrophysics. They are similar to coronal mass ejections but on a far larger scale. During an SME, a star can release hundreds of billions of times more material than a coronal event, equivalent to the mass of a small planet. This was first observed in the red supergiant Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion.

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Title: Surface Mass Ejection

Date: 16 Nov 2023

Medium: Photoshop

Category: Space

Keywords: Adobe Photoshop, astrophysics, destruction, engulfed, gas giant, red giant, SME, space weather, stellar evolution, surface mass ejection