Coronal mass ejection (CME) recorded by NASA (VIDEO)

NASA has captured incredible footage of an eruption of solar material surging off the sun.

Known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), it belches huge clouds of superheated particles from the sun's corona - the wispy, outermost and hottest layer.

The clouds can reach speeds exceeding one-million miles per hour.

The CME was captured on May ninth, and was the first seen by NASA's interface region imaging spectrograph, known as IRIS.

To capture the phenomenon, the IRIS must be pointed at the sun a day ahead of time, and requires some luck, according to NASA.

 Reported by: NBC NewsChannel