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Old 04-24-2012, 03:13 AM   #1
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April 23, 2012 Solar Loop



This loop of plasma, is known as a "prominence."

The escaping cloud of charged gas is pictured tethered to the sun at two ends by magnetic forces, but it eventually became unstable and broke free, twisting away into space.

From NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory

Image courtesy SDO/NASA
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