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NASA’s SDO Sees New Kind of Magnetic Explosion on Sun

17 Dec 2019, 15:00 UTC
NASA’s SDO Sees New Kind of Magnetic Explosion on Sun NASA/SDO/Abhishek Srivastava/IIT(BHU)​

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed a magnetic explosion the likes of which have never been seen before. In the scorching upper reaches of the Sun’s atmosphere, a prominence — a large loop of material launched by an eruption on the solar surface — started falling back to the surface of the Sun. But before it could make it, the prominence ran into a snarl of magnetic field lines, sparking a magnetic explosion.

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