Lovely Loops

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The upper one of a pair of new, solar active regions that just rotated into view of SDO offered a beautiful profile view of cascading loops spiraling above it (Jan. 15-16, 2012) following a solar flare eruption. These loop structures are made of superheated plasma, just one of which is the size of several Earths. With its ability to capture the Sun in amazing detail, SDO observed it all in extreme ultraviolet light.


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  1. RomanGlass* 38 months ago | reply

    amazing..... just amazing and so powerful

  2. Salaatti 38 months ago | reply

    Stunning capture!

  3. doomsdaydignan 38 months ago | reply

    How long does a Loop last?
    From it's start till end?

  4. raffaphoto© 38 months ago | reply


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  6. D. Didier 38 months ago | reply

    nasa has the best camera in the world - i swear :)

  7. Regina1874 38 months ago | reply

    Vejam uma pequena amostra de grandeza de Deus!!!! Uaaauuuu!!!!!

  8. Brucsar 38 months ago | reply

    In the picture you can see lots of animal images such as birds, cats, bears... awesome!!! i didn't realize before but seeing closer i could see... wonderful!!!

  9. Marvin Trill 38 months ago | reply

    Just amazing.

  10. 5% Speculation Tax* to Keep the World Going Round! [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    *it definitively is biologic! ... :-))

  11. Julie Delias 38 months ago | reply

    I'm in love of this !

  12. GuruMagazine 36 months ago | reply

    Thank you for releasing your photo under the Creative Commons license - we've used it in issue four of Guru, a free digital science / lifestyle magazine (back cover).

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