The Solar Corona in Stunning Detail

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The ESA’s Solar Orbiter captured this beautifully detailed video of our sun‘s corona last September. The Solar Orbiter took this footage from about 43 million kilometers away, a third of the distance between the sun and the Earth. Scattered across the visible surface are fluffy, lace-like features known as coronal moss. Along the curving horizon, gas spires called spicules stretch up to heights of 10,000 kilometers. The video also highlights a “small” eruption of plasma that is nevertheless larger than the entire Earth. We can even see evidence of coronal rain, denser and darker clumps of plasma that gravity pulls back toward the sun. (Video and image credit: ESA; via Colossal)

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