Space Saturday XVI

This week’s Space Saturday bring to you the Sun, more specifically, a solar filament!

A Solar Filament
Credit: TRACE, NASA (Via APOD)

Hot gas frequently erupts from the Sun. One such eruption produced the glowing filament pictured above, which was captured in 2000 July by the Earth-orbiting TRACE satellite.

The filament stretches about 62,000 miles (that means almost 8 earth’s could be stacked inside). The filament is formed by hot gas eruptions and the magnetic field of the sun which combine for some awe inspiring images.

Space Saturday Archive

APOD: A Solar Filament Lifts Off
Wikipedia: Sun
Wikipedia: TRACE
TRACE Mission Homepage
Images from TRACE

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  1. Peter Rivendell
    March 13th, 2006 at 03:03 | #1

    That`s an amazing picture!

  2. March 13th, 2006 at 03:40 | #2

    Hi Matt, really nice site. I found your blog while surfing on Blogmad.

    Rob in China

  3. March 13th, 2006 at 10:58 | #3

    That looks like a Balrog.

  4. March 13th, 2006 at 11:33 | #4

    Thanks, there is a lot of cool stuff out there!

    Jeff - I think Tolkien ripped off NASA.

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