Thursday, January 18, 2018
Slithering Prominence - UNIVERSE
A prominence at the sun's edge shifted and slithered back and forth over a one-day period (Nov. 29-30, 2017). Prominences are strands of charged particles suspended above the sun's surface that are pulled and tugged by magnetic forces. This kind of close-up also shows the kind of dynamic activity taking place all over the sun's surface.
The bright area further down from the prominence is an active region, an area of intense tangles of magnetic forces. Towards the end of the clip, it blasts out a small stream of plasma (captured in the still). The images were taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.
Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA.https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/potw/item/860