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[–] MrHighBrow 1 points 26 points (+27|-1) ago 

Considering the size of that in relation to the sun is unnerving.

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[–] Failgain 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Yeah, I was gonna say it's probably the size of one of the gas giants. I'd say close to Neptune's size.

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[–] KyJoCaThe2nd 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

How about a solar prominence? Those are huge.

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[–] dalek_caan 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm always fascinated by the size of planets, stars. There can be a star that big, so the "tornado" would "swallow" our sun. I just can't concept how small is a human compared to these.

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[–] GiSW 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It'd probably melt, tear, destroy everything you ever knew in a blink of an eye.

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[–] carlip 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

Except a tornado is caused by differences in air pressure, this plasma jet is following twisting magnetic fields.

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[–] Tommstein 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Brah . . . .

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[–] aeschynanthus 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Solar Dynamics Observatory tells how it is!

A small, but complex mass of plasma gyrated and spun about over the course of 40 hours above the surface of the Sun (Sept. 1-3, 2015). It was stretched and pulled back and forth by powerful magnetic forces but not ripped apart in this sequence. The temperature of the ionized iron particles observed in this extreme ultraviolet wavelength of light was about 2.8 million degrees C.

"Small" in relation to the Sun's actual size, that is.

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[–] carlip 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

It should be noted that a wavelength is not measured in degrees.

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[–] KillerMech 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

They are saying the wavelength that the light is seen in is ultraviolet, that the ionized iron particles are 2.8 million degrees Celsius.

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[–] aeschynanthus 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

As KillerMech said, there's an embedded clause ("observed in this extreme ultraviolet wavelength of light") inside "The temperature of the ionized iron particles ... was about 2.8 million degrees C".

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[–] PeeOnYou 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

My god.. I thought this was some sort of sick joke. All these comments and everyone seems to see something I didn't see.

I watched it like 4 times before I realized there was scroll bar on the side of the window.

Damn.

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[–] Profundis 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

In the scientific community we call this a plasnado, it's similar to a tornado but more closely related to a sharknado.

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[–] bloopton 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

How big is that compared to the size of earth?

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[–] Spar7an 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

im sure you could fit a few earths into that tornado

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[–] pepepepepe 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Where is this ice sun and what would happen if it crashed into our fire Sun?

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[–] drug 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

if the ice and fire suns were to collide, our solar system would be engulfed in steam. it still wouldn't end the drought in California, though.

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[–] Chemist1 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Actually because E=mc^2 the sun would just burn hotter because you are adding mass to it.

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[–] KyJoCaThe2nd 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

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[–] savageslav 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

What was used to record this?

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[–] Num83rGuy 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

As others have said the SDO was used to observe the phenomenon but I get the feeling that you wanted to know what software and source images were used.

While I can't say for sure what was used in this case, you can use Helioviewer.org or their stand alone java based jHelioviewer to lookup create and record solar observation data.

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[–] savageslav 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks!

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[–] happychildless 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Solar Dynamics Observatory.

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[–] 2408863 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Canon 7D from my backyard

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