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Spasmodic Active Solar Region

April 29, 2014

An active region that was rotating out of view displayed a dazzling variety of dozens of spurts and eruptions in about 2.5 days (Apr. 19-21, 2014). The frames, taken in extreme ultraviolet light, show ionized Helium not far above the Sun’s surface. All of the activity near this region was caused by intense magnetic forces in a powerful struggling with each other.

Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory / NASA



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