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Nov. 25, 2015
SDO Sees a Dark Filament Circle. Video Credits: NASA/SDO
A dark, almost circular filament broke away from the sun in a gauzy, feathery swirl, on Nov. 15, 2015, in this video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. This filament eruption was followed by a second filament breaking away on Nov. 16.
SDO Sees a Dark Filament Circle. Image Credits: NASA/SDO
Filaments are dark strands of plasma tethered above the sun’s surface by magnetic forces that, over time, often become disrupted and break away from the sun. Filaments appear darker than the surrounding material because of their comparatively cool temperature. This video was taken in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths of 304 angstroms and colorized in red.
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Image (mentioned), Video (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Steele Hill/Sarah Frazier/Rob Garner.
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