Filament Snake In Sun's South-East Limb [Full Disk]

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    NASA image captured December 6, 2010

    To see a video from this event go here: www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/5241585906/

    A magnetic filament snaking around the sun's SE limb just keeps getting longer. The portion visible today stretches more than 700,000 km--a full solar radius. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took the above picture during the early hours of Dec 6, 2010.

    So far the massive structure has hovered quietly above the stellar surface, but now it is showing signs of instability. Long filaments like this one have been known to collapse with explosive results when they hit the stellar surface below. Further updates will be posted as warranted.

    Credit: NASA/SDO

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    Dendroica cerulea, sbouboux, and 37 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Rosário Marques 51 months ago | reply

      Impressive!
      I love this image.

    2. I is 51 months ago | reply

      I get so disoriented on the sun, which way is north in the picture, and another thing, does anybody know why with all the magnetism on the sun why you never see lightning on the surface

    3. Alto "Burlap" Cirrus [deleted] 51 months ago | reply

      *gulp*!

    4. Spliff1963 29 months ago | reply

      Aztecs/Mayans/Incas believe 2012 to be the time our sun diminishes it's life force. maybe to do with the precession of the equinoxs

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