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« on: November 19, 2011, 07:03:16 pm »



Giant "Hurl" of Plasma

Photograph courtesy Alan Friedman

"This massive prominence stands more than 50,000 miles [80,000 kilometers] high and stretches 150,000 miles [241,000 kilometers] across the edge of the solar disk," solar observer Alan Friedman wrote on his blog after taking this picture November 12 during a visit to the Buffalo Museum of Science in Buffalo, New York.

It's the "biggest hurl of hydrogen plasma that I have seen in years," he added.

Said NASA's Gurman, "You can see the fine-scale features here, which gives you a better idea of how filamented the material in a prominence really is."

(Related: "Biggest Solar Flare in Years-Auroras to Be Widespread Tonight?")

Published November 17, 2011
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