The angel with the machine gun on the sun

By | November 1, 2010

Top left image looks like a fire angel with a machine gun. Other interesting shapes in this one too… a tornado, a skull and cross bones, a drooling ghost dog … what do you see?

This view, captured today by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, is a classic example: On the left edge of the disk, a huge twister is erupting into space. Or should that be an “untwister”? That’s what SpaceWeather.com’s Tony Phillips argues, since the eruption resulted from the sudden untwisting of a magnetic filament on the sun’s surface. At its peak, the eruption towered 220,000 miles (350,000 kilometers into space), or nearly the distance between Earth and the moon. This SpaceWeather.com video shows the twister in the midst of its untwisting. …

via msn

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