The Sun Is Beautiful When Its Magnetic Field Is Angry

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These huge coronal loops reach out more than fifteen times the diameter of the Earth, tracing out disruptions in the sun's magnetic field. Whoa.

The coronal loops were captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 14th and 15th, 2014. The loops are particles spiraling along magnetic field lines after a long-lasting M-class flare erupted, disrupting the magnetic field. This is a false-colour image, capturing what the sun looks like in extreme ultraviolet light.

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Illustration for article titled The Sun Is Beautiful When Its Magnetic Field Is Angry

Coronal loops on October 14-15, 2014. Image credit and read more: NASA/SDO

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Bernard Frogel

I would really love to have a 3D model of this to play with and pan/tilt/zoom along with frequency filters like http://brunomerin.com/slider/menu.ht… has. The thought of being on a planet and seeing one of these coronal loops arcing from below the horizon, and seeing the flow of the material to the vertex of the parabola of the loop and back down would be perfection. Just to get a perspective of the immensity of that formation.... heavenly.