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APOD: 2023 August 1 ┴ Monster Solar Prominence
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APOD: 2023 August 1 ┴ Monster Solar Prominence
Credit & Copyright: Mike Wenz
Explanation: The monsters that live on the Sun are not like us. They are larger than the Earth and made of gas hotter than in any 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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