Solar Tornadoes???

British scientists discovered what appeared to be a tornado on the surface of our sun.  NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory satellite was able to capture video footage of the solar tornado in September of 2011.  The extremely hot, gaseous, magnetic elements of the sun were projected out into space during this nearly 3-hour-long event!  The estimated wind speed of this ‘solar tornado’ was nearly 190 miles per hour.  Some scientists believe this to be associated with a coronal mass ejection, or a solar flare.  Solar flares are capable of disrupting Earth’s satellites, electricity, and technology.  Pretty interesting stuff!!!

-JA

More information can be found here:

http://www.astronomy.com/en/News-Observing/News/2012/03/Huge%20tornadoes%20discovered%20on%20the%20Sun.aspx

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This post was written by qni_it on March 29, 2012

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