5-Million-Degree Plasma ‘Tornado’ Rages on the Sun (Video)

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. – Revelation 16:8

Article By: Mike Wall

http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#ec=RoOHZmdzoHvahYHWN6fx3QsiIjRTG9Wt&pbid=91ac0f6dcbdf466c84659dbc54039487A giant, swirling plume of super-heated plasma churned above the surface of the sun for 40 hours last week while a NASA spacecraft looked on. NASA’s sun-studying Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured dramatic time-lapse video of the solar tornado, which raged from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3.

The mass of plasma “was stretched & pulled back & forth by powerful magnetic forces but [was] not ripped apart in this sequence,” SDO team members wrote in a description of the video. “The temperature of the ionized iron particles observed in this extreme ultraviolet wavelength of light was about 2.8 million degrees C (or 5 million degrees F).”

This isn’t the 1st solar twister SDO has observed. Last year, for example, the spacecraft recorded video of an enormous tornado spinning off the sun. & in 2011, SDO watched as another tornado — this 1 about 5 times the size of Earth — gyrated at speeds of up to 186,000 mph (300,000 km/h). For comparison, tornado wind speeds here on Earth top out at around 300 mph (480 km/h).

The $850 million Solar Dynamics Observatory mission, which launched in February 2010, studies the sun w/3 different instruments, collecting data that help scientists better understand the solar magnetic field & space weather. SDO was the 1st mission launched under NASA’s Living With a Star Program, which is probing the causes of solar variability, & the impacts of this variability on Earth.

View full article at: http://www.space.com/30498-solar-tornado-nasa-sdo-video.html

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