NASA: Amazing Video of Sun's Plasma Loops

Posted by GIS talk On Friday, February 22, 2013
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NASA posted a new video of the solar flare that the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured on July 19, 2012. The blast also generated the enormous, shimmering plasma loops, which are an example of a phenomenon known as "coronal rain," agency officials said.

"Hot plasma in the corona cooled and condensed along strong magnetic fields in the region. Magnetic fields, are invisible, but the charged plasma is forced to move along the lines, showing up brightly in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 304 Angstroms, and outlining the fields as it slowly falls back to the solar surface."

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