Over the course of April 28–29, a gigantic filament, briefly suspended above the surface* of the sun, broke off and created an enormous snakelike eruption of plasma that extended millions of miles out into space. The event was both powerful and beautiful, another demonstration of the incredible energy and activity of…
This picture shows a massive solar filament that’s made of burning gas. Astrophotographer Göran Strand took this yesterday with his solar telescope, and added in the scale of the distance between Earth and the Moon to give you an idea of how goddamn enormous this thing was.
A couple of days ago, NASA's solar dynamics observatory captured this spectacular video of a filament of gas arcing in the sun's magnetic fields. This image shows what the event looked like in extreme ultraviolet light — basically, a tentacle of fire whipping around and blowing up. Writes NASA: