Finely Spun Prominence Eruption
June 13, 2012
This eruptive prominence lifted off from the Sun (Sept. 15, 2010) and shows off the strands of plasma in exquisite detail. SDO caught the action in extreme ultraviolet light. Prominences are cooler clouds of gases suspended above the Sun by often unstable magnetic forces. Their eruptions are fairly common, but this one was larger and clearer to see than most.
Topics: Igneous rocks, Plate tectonics, Space plasmas, Types of volcanic eruptions, Volcanology, Volcano, Sun, Plasma physics, Io