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Plasma Fire Tornado Appears On The Sun

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Caroline Reid

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clockSep 10 2015, 16:08 UTC
2300 Plasma Fire Tornado Appears On The Sun
Screenshot from solar tornado YouTube video. NASA/SDO.

A video has just been released that shows an epic, fiery tornado. But unlike the whiskey-fueled firenado that raged on in Kentucky last week, this firenado is on the Sun. That's right, the Sun. 

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It was made from swirling matter on the surface of the Sun and its interactions with powerful solar magnetic forces. Over a span of 40 hours, the tornado formed as ionized particles were tugged and pulled into a whirling tornado structure. The temperature of this blistering feature was a scorching 3 million degrees Celsius (5 million degrees fahrenheit). 

The image was taken using a variety of instruments that look at a wide range of wavelengths. Each color represents a different wavelength, making the Sun's dynamic surface appear especially vivid.

You can watch the epic video here.

 

 


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