A Solar Prominence

An elongated solar prominence’s rising up above the Sun’s surface was captured in this video by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Prominences, also known as filaments when move over the Sun’s limb, are clouds of solar material suspended above the surface by the solar magnetic field—the magnetism that drives solar events such as flares and coronal mass ejections.These images used to make this video were taken in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths of 3.04 nm. That wavelength invisible to human eyes so it’s coded here as red.

The sun appears to move in the last few seconds of the video. The glitching occurs because SDO was being calibrated as this data was taken.

Video Credit: NASA

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