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The movie above from the Helioviewer Project shows a tornado prominence on the sun – what you might hear called simply a solar prominence – observed by the NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in April, 2015.

 

See the tiny image of the Earth, superimposed for scale? These things are big!

 

Better data collected over the past several years by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SD0) has revealed that these giant structures on the sun do look much like earthly tornadoes. And the term tornado prominence has been around for decades, at least.

 

But a team of European scientists said on April 6, 2018, that these structures – vastly bigger than Earth itself – don’t appear to spin as earthly tornadoes do.

Instead, these scientists said, sun tornadoes follow horizontal magnetic field lines extending out of the sun.

 

They seem to be anchored on the sun’s surface.

 

Solar prominences are much bigger than Earth itself; they can extend hundreds of thousands of miles into space in contrast to Earth’s 8,000-mile (13,000-km) diameter.

 

Prominences are made of plasma, not a solid, not a liquid, not a gas, but sometimes called a fourth state of matter in which the parts of atoms, the electrons and neutrons, are disassociated from each other, wandering freely.

 

 

I love videos of the sun, since we can't look at it directly without damaging our vision.

Jehovah's  furnace for us is truly awe-inspiring.:o

^_^

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