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Gigantic Solar Prominance


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Astronomers are monitoring a gigantic prominence on the sun--"the largest I've imaged in several years," says veteran astrophotographer Jack Newton. Two days ago it bent into an arch large enough for the whole planet Earth to slip through...

Prominences are clouds of hot-glowing hydrogen gas held aloft by solar magnetic force fields. Big prominences like this one can last for many days before they collapse...


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