Massive solar prominence dancing over Sun’s edge

It is good that the Sun is almost 150 million kilometers away from Earth. Otherwise, our planet would have been destroyed a long time ago. A few days ago, a prominence was spotted dancing along the Sun’s eastern limb. It is large enough to swallow our entire planet.

© Philippe Tosi
«This prominence was very easy to see through my safely-filtered 228 mm telescope. I inserted an image of Earth for comparison. The prominence is five times taller,» said photographer Philippe Tosi from Nîmes, France.
Prominences (from Latin protubero) are rising clouds of relatively cold plasma that are held above the solar surface by a magnetic field.
Prominences and related phenomena are not yet fully understood. It is assumed that gravity, electric and magnetic forces are involved in the process.


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