Solar Eye Candy

By Tom Yulsman | June 30, 2013 1:16 am
Filament Channel Eruption

A filament of plasma erupts from the sun, and as some falls back it causes the surface to brighten. (Image: NASA Solar Dynamics Laboratory Facebook page)

If you follow ImaGeo with any regularity, you probably know that I’m a bit obsessed with the sun. (And clouds too. But that’s another story…) So I check in almost every day with the Facebook page of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The image above — a screenshot from a video — is what I just spotted.

Click on the image to see the video. It shows delicate filaments of plasma hovering above the sun’s surface. They are levitated by magnetic fields. Suddenly, filaments appear to shoot off. But some of the plasma also falls back to the sun’s surface, causing a beautiful brightening.

Check out the SDO Facebook page (link above) for more detail. Suffice it to say I’m simply enamored of the stunning imagery.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, select, Sun, Top Posts
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  • Sachi Mohanty

    We can generate our own videos from the SDO website too. Just saying …



ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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