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Watch: Stunning close-up view of sun’s surface
Don’t try this at home. While we may not be able to stare at the surface of the sun, that doesn’t stop the instruments aboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory from capturing stunning views of our nearest star. This video shows coronal loops shooting off the surface of the sun, and was taken over a two-day period earlier this month. Coronal loops are “arcs of plasma often larger than the entire Earth that surge along the sun’s powerful magnetic field lines,” according to Bill Dunford of the Planetary Society. NASA reports that the loops can last for days or even weeks. The temperature around the coronal loops reaches about 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit, Dunford says.
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