A filament of magnetism snaking across the sun's southern hemisphere erupted on Jan. 26th (~1800 UT) and hurled a part of itself into space. Click to play a beautiful movie of the event recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:
Debris flying away from the blast site ripped through the sun's atmosphere and created a coronal mass ejection (CME). Newly-arriving coronagraph imagery suggests that the CME will not hit Earth. However, this preliminary conclusion could be overturned by further analysis, so stay tuned.