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Intricate Coiling
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Intricate Coiling

June 18, 2012
An active region rotated into a clear profile view from the SDO spacecraft, giving us an excellent perspective of material spiraling along its numerous magnetic field lines above it. As seen in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light, the active region is generating frenetic activity in the form of loops and coils. About half way though the video clip, an eruption occurs, followed by a rising up of tightly coiled, bright loops. The clip covers about 36-hours of activity (Mar. 16-17, 2011).