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Hanging Filament


The Sun sported a very long filament that stretched out over 500,000 miles (800,000 km) and was visible for several days (June 3-4, 2014). It broke apart and dissipated soon after the end of the video clip. Filaments are tenuous strands of plasma held above the Sun's surface by magnetic forces. They appear darker because their temperature is somewhat cooler than that of the Sun's surface. The still image, shown in a combination of two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light, was taken at 11:33 UT on June 4. Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA.

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