See an animation of this huge solar prominence | 1/5/2019 | Deborah Byrd
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PK Imaging called this “My single best image of the prominence.” Notice the size of Earth in the lower right!

PK Imaging posted this image and animation of a solar prominence – caught on January 2, 2019 – at EarthSky Facebook.

NASA - Prominences - Way

NASA explained solar prominences this way:

A solar prominence (also known as a filament when viewed against the solar disk) is a large, bright feature extending outward from the sun’s surface. Prominences are anchored to the sun’s surface in the photosphere [sun’s visible surface], and extend outwards into the sun’s hot outer atmosphere, called the corona. A prominence forms over timescales of about a day, and stable prominences may persist in the corona for several months, looping hundreds of thousands of miles into space. Scientists are still researching how and why prominences are formed.

Red-glowing - Material - Gas - Hydrogen - Helium

The red-glowing looped material is plasma, a hot gas comprised of electrically charged hydrogen and helium. The prominence plasma flows...
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