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Video: Solar tornadoes captured by Solar Dynamics Observatory

It’s tornado season on the Sun. At least, that’s what it looks like according to a new video released by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

NASA publishes video of Earth-sized solar tornadoes on the sun

Greenbelt - Nearly at the peak of its 11-year Solar Cycle 24, a NASA spacecraft captured a video that shows Earth-sized solar tornadoes dancing across the sun's surface. The tornadoes had gusts of up to 482,803 km/h (300,000 mph).
 

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SDO peered down the length of a long solar filament as it rotated over the Sun s edge June 3 (at 3:0...
SDO peered down the length of a long solar filament as it rotated over the Sun's edge June 3 (at 3:00 UT) to June 4, 2013 (at 17:00 UT). The filament's darker, cooler plasma of appeared to have a number of support struts below it as it snaked its way above the surface. In the background bright coils of magnetic field lines rose up above an active region. Images were taken in extreme ultraviolet light.
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A YouTube screenshot of a NASA video showing Earth-sized solar tornadoes on the surface of the sun o...
A YouTube screenshot of a NASA video showing Earth-sized solar tornadoes on the surface of the sun on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8.
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