NASA Captures Footage Of Gigantic Sun Tornado
Tornadoes on Earth got nothing on this furious funnel. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured footage of a “complex mass of plasma” on the sun that gyrated at a temperature of 5 million degrees Fahrenheit.
According to Space.com, so-called solar tornadoes can spin faster than 180,000 miles an hour.
And this one is HUGE. Just check out a photo of the phenomenon that compares it to our little ol’ planet:
The tornado lasted 40 hours from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3 above the sun’s surface, the observatory noted. “It was stretched and pulled back and forth by powerful magnetic forces but not ripped apart in this sequence,” according to the observatory’s website. “The temperature of the ionized iron particles observed in this extreme ultraviolet wavelength of light was about 2.8 million degrees [Celsius]. “
In 2012, the Solar Dynamics Observatory filmed a solar tornado that also dwarfed Earth. That cyclone reached temperatures between 90,000 3.6 million degrees F while swirling at 186,000 miles an hour.
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