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Glorious Coronal Mass Ejection

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In early June, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a stunning coronal mass ejection, in which larger than usual quantities of cool (relatively speaking) plasma erupted from the surface of the sun and rained back down along magnetic field lines. Plasma is an ionized gas-like state of matter subject to the same laws that govern more familiar fluids like water or air, with the additional caveat that, being electrically conductive, plasmas also obey Maxwell’s equations. #

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