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 It Came from the Sun 
 Explanation:  What’s that  coming over the edge of the Sun?   What might appear at first glance to be some sort of  Sun monster  is actually a  solar prominence.    The above prominence, captured by the Sun-orbiting SOHO satellite  earlier this year during an early stage of  its eruption, rapidly became one of the  largest ever on record.  Even as pictured, the prominence is huge — the  Earth would easily fit inside.   A solar prominence is a thin cloud of solar gas held  just above the surface by the  Sun’s  magnetic field.   A quiescent prominence  typically lasts about a month, while an  eruptive prominence like the one developing above may erupt within hours into a  Coronal Mass Ejection  (CME), expelling hot gas into the  Solar System.    Although very hot, prominences typically  appear dark when viewed against the  Sun,  since they are slightly cooler than the surface.    As our Sun evolves toward  Solar maximum  over the next three years, more  large eruptive prominences are expected.
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It Came from the Sun 

Explanation: What’s that coming over the edge of the Sun? What might appear at first glance to be some sort of Sun monster is actually a solar prominence. The above prominence, captured by the Sun-orbiting SOHO satellite earlier this year during an early stage of its eruption, rapidly became one of the largest ever on record. Even as pictured, the prominence is huge — the Earth would easily fit inside. A solar prominence is a thin cloud of solar gas held just above the surface by the Sun’s magnetic field. A quiescent prominence typically lasts about a month, while an eruptive prominence like the one developing above may erupt within hours into a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), expelling hot gas into the Solar System. Although very hot, prominences typically appear dark when viewed against the Sun, since they are slightly cooler than the surface. As our Sun evolves toward Solar maximum over the next three years, more large eruptive prominences are expected.

(source: incomprehensibleuniverse)

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