March 28, 2014

NASA SDO – Graceful Turbulence

Powerful magnetic forces above an active region spun and pulled at a blob of plasma until it lost its connections and blew out into space on March 26, 2014.

The resultant swirling presents its own kind of graceful, almost ballet-like bends and sweeps. To offer some kind of size perspective that blob before it breaks away was easily larger than several Earths.

The event was observed in extreme ultraviolet light over about 5.5 hours between 7:00 and 12:20 UT.

Credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO)

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