Saturday, June 18, 2016

TWISTING PLASMA




A close-up of twisting plasma above the Sun's surface produced a nice display of turbulence by caused combative magnetic forces (June7-8, 2016) over a day and a half. The plasma does not break away, but just spins and twists the entire period. Images were taken in extreme ultraviolet light. The mass we observed is part of a longer, darkish filament angling down from the upper left of the frame. Filaments are unstable clouds of plasma suspended above the Sun by magnetic forces.


Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA.


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