Monster Sun

A huge solar prominence / filament seen by SDO on Dec. 6 2010

Everyone’s abuzz about what SDO is watching this morning: a huge solar prominence and filament wrapping partway around the southwestern hemisphere of the Sun, literally hundreds of thousands of miles long! This is a section of the latest image from SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) 304 camera, which best captures details about the sun’s outer “surface”. Incredible!

See the most up-to-date images of the Sun here….and read more about this event as described by astronomer Phil Plait on Discover’s Bad Astronomy blog.

Image courtesy SDO (NASA) and the AIA consortium. Edited by J. Major.

UPDATE: watch this in action below!

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