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A Branching “Tree” of Solar Plasma

Sun reaches out with plasma 'arms' during solar eruption

Plasma at temperatures of several thousand degrees rises from the sun’s interior, cools down and retreats again into its depths. Dark sunspots arise where the plasma is contained by strong magnetic fields. On the edge of the spots thread-like structures can be observed. The plasma circulates and generates elongated, brightly shining structures that appear to rotate on their axis. photograph, Swedish Solar Telescope/La Palma

Solar plasma, darker than the bright, magnetic loops that serve as its background, serves up an intricate tug of war over about 18 hours just above the Suns surface (Mar. 28-29, 2013). The plasma is tugged back and forth as competing magnetic forces pull at it. This material appears darker since it is cooler than the surrounding material. About mid-way through the video clip, a burst of plasma in the foreground seems to leap out and dive towards an active region closer to the viewer.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted a midsize flare that shot a plume of plasma (charged gas) from the sun. Most of the material fell back onto the active region that had spawned the flare.

Monster ProminenceCredit: NASA/SDONASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this view of a powerful M3.6 Class solar flare on Feb. 24, 2011 during a 90-minute sun storm. NASA scientists called the display a "monster prominence" that kicked up a huge plasma wave.

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