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Originally posted by TrueAmerican
Now astronomers have discovered huge dark strip on the surface of the Sun. It is estimated this filament is about 800,000 km in length!
Astrophysicists presume dark spots on the Sun are areas where the temperature is lower. However what we see here is not a normal sunspot and it is growing at an alarming rate.
According to researchers the region has increased to almost one million kilometers in just three days.
Hmm, I'd like to get some of those "Nothing to see here, move right along" opinions on this one...
I don't like the "growing at an alarming rate" part. At all.edit on Fri Aug 10th 2012 by TrueAmerican because: (no reason given)
One Half Million Mile Filament This image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows a very long, whip-like solar filament extending over half a million miles in a long arc above the sun’s surface. Filaments are cooler clouds of solar material that are tethered above the sun’s surface by unstable magnetic forces. The image and associated video, which covers August 6-8, 2012 show the filament as a darker strand that has been in view for several days. Towards the end of the video part of the filament seems to break away, but its basic length and shape seem to have remained mostly intact.
Originally posted by PragmaticBeliever
Oh... Science... Always lagging behind the thruth
Chuck Norris was taking a sunbath
Chuck Norris didn't like the result
The Sun gets round kicked and there's the giant scar.
So, there you have it. Why the worries?. Even if tomorow there's a killer CME, Earth have Chuck.
Originally posted by spleenika
Sometimes I think its a bad idea for NASA and the related institutions to release the various sun images. The actual scientists who can understand what they are looking at already have access to these images.