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Plasma Ballet


A tangled mass of plasma, controlled by powerful magnetic forces, swirled out above the solar surface on Nov. 9, 2014, twisting and turning before it streamed back into the Sun. The sliding plasma possesses a kind of ballet-like quality of gracefulness over a four-hour period. This video (consisting of 400 individual frames) was taken in extreme UV light of ionized particles heated to 60,000 degrees K. Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA.

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