teapot. They have no eyes, but at times, many tentacles. They float. Usually, they slowly change shape and just fade back onto the Sun over about a month. Sometimes, though, they suddenly explode and unleashßenergetic particles into the Solar System that can attack the Earth.ß Pictured is a huge solar prominence imaged almost two weeks ago in the light of hydrogen. Captured by a small telescope in Gilbert, Arizona, USA, the monsteresque plume of gas was held aloft by the ever-present but ever-changing magnetic field near the surface of the Sun. Our active Sun continues to show an unusuallyßhigh numberßof prominences, filaments, sunspots, and large active regionsßas solar maximum approaches in 2025.
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Publications with keywords: Sun - solar prominence
Publications with words: Sun - solar prominence
- APOD: 2023 November 19 ┴ Space Station, Solar Prominences, Sun
- APOD: 2023 October 25 ┴ Gone in 60 Seconds: A Green Flash Sunset
- Circular Sun Halo
- APOD: 2023 July 11 ┴ Sunspots on an Active Sun
- APOD: 2023 June 11 ┴ The Sun and Its Missing Colors
- APOD: 2023 March 28 ┴ A Multiple Green Flash Sunset
- Perihelion Sun 2023