Amazing Solar Tornado

This is one of the most amazing natural wonders I’ve seen in a long time: a tornado on the surface of the sun! Made up of dark plasma whipped by magnetic fields to gusts up to 300,000 mph, with temperatures of about 15,000 Fahrenheit, the tornado is believed to be as big as the Earth. The entire length of the ribbon-like structures could dozens of Earths long. Talk about stormy weather!

NASA released this video to celebrate the second anniversary of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which was launched on Feb. 11, 2010. This SDO video is made up of image captured every four minutes for 30 hours, starting on Feb. 7. SDO is laden with several cameras capable of capturing all manner of solar activities occurring at different wavelengths and frequencies.

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