Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Video: Scorching Rain on the Sun

File:The Sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory - 20100819.jpg

Image of Earth's Sun taken 2010 August 19 NASA's Solar Dynamic's Observatory (SDO).
(Sources: NASA, Wikipedia.org )

NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory captures "coronal rain," a beautiful and mysterious phenomenon on the Sun.

A modest solar flare erupted on July 19, 2012, followed by a coronal mass ejection, sending solar wind flying out into interplanetary space. Not all the plasma managed to escape, though, and what happened next is stunning. For a full 21 hours following the flare, plasma rained back down onto the Sun, following and lighting up the invisible lines of magnetic field that dance chaotically on the Sun's surface.

Video & More - Link >>> http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/Scorching-Rain-on-the-Sun-193078651.html

Source: Sky and Telescope Magazine.

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