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February 18, 2012 AT 12:08 am

Plasma Tornado on the Sun

From space.com:

A NASA spacecraft has captured an amazing video of solar twisters blowing across the surface of the sun.

The tornado-like eruptions of super-hot plasma were spotted by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is constantly recording high-definition videos of the sun.

The sun tornado video shows swirling fountains of plasma creeping across the surface of the sun during a 30-hour period between Feb. 7 and 8. But unlike tornadoes on Earth, which are wind-driven phenomena, the sun’s plasma tornadoes are shaped by the powerful magnetic field of our star.

Whoa!


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2 Comments

  1. Riiiiight, plasma tornados. Sure. I know dementors when I see ’em.

  2. Amazing… the video does not give an indication of scale. I recall pics showing size of earth relative to some other solar activities (sunspots 2-10x earth size, etc). I am curious how tall these vortices are.

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