NASA Captures Solar Material Bursting Out From The Sun

Posted: Jul 25 2016, 5:40am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 26 2016, 8:51pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

NASA Captures Solar Material Bursting Out from the Sun
Credit: NASA/SDO

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Newly released NASA SDO video shows 'plasma dance' controlled by complex magnetic forces above the Sun.

Last week, NASA had released a video showing the Sun going for a crazy spin. It was actually NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory that did a 360 and made the Sun look like spinning violently. SDO has once again captured the Sun in its full glory and this time around it shows how solar material repeatedly bursts from the Sun’s surface and creates an amazing view.

The Sun is made up of plasma – a gas in which negative electrons move freely around the positive ions and create a hot, powerful mix of charged particles. The close-up view of the Sun shows how plasma extends from the surface but does not leave it altogether and immediately gets back to the active region. The solar activity is not visible to human eyes. Therefore, SDO has captured the video in extreme ultraviolent wavelength and has used red color to ensure easy viewing.

Launched on 2010, SDO is designed to understand solar activity and its impact on Earth and near Earth space. The observatory has three instruments on board to help scientists understand the complicated atmosphere of the Sun from its surface to the upper reaches of the Sun’s corona (the aura of plasma that surrounds the Sun).

Source: NASA Blog

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