NASA Observatory Captures Giant Filament Of Solar Material On The Sun

October 4, 2014 8:29 PM

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NASA Observatory Captures Giant Filament Of Solar Material On The Sun

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, captured images of a giant ropelike, extended filament of solar material Sept. 30. The images of the filament were captured in extreme ultraviolet light by SDO, which watches the sun 24 hours a day.

The observatory examined the massive filament for several days as it rotated around with the sun, NASA reported. The filament is so big that if it were straightened out, it would reach almost across the whole sun, about 1 million miles or 100 times the size of Earth.

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