The Sun Is Beautiful When Its Magnetic Field Is Angry

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.


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

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