Watch Sun’s ‘Canyon of Fire’ video captured by NASA

By Salome Phelamei | Last Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 19:51

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: NASA has released a stunning video of what they called as a ‘Canyon of Fire’ escaping from the Sun’s surface.

The spectacular footage captured on September 29-30, by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft shows an eruptive filament blasting away from the sun, shooting megatons of superheated gas into space.

The eruptive filament is considered to be the same distance across as the gap between the earth and the moon though it does not appear that big in size to the sun itself.

“The 200,000 mile long filament ripped through the sun`s atmosphere, the corona, leaving behind what looks like a canyon of fire. The glowing canyon traces the channel where magnetic fields held the filament aloft before the explosion,” said NASA.

NASA also said that in reality, the sun is not made of fire, but of something called plasma- particles so hot that their electrons have boiled off; creating a charged gas that is interwoven with magnetic fields.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO constantly observes the sun in a variety of wavelengths.

Click to watch the video below



First Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 19:51

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