Thursday, April 5, 2007

Ballet of Solar Prominences Photographed

This picture is so detailed it almost seems you can get burned if you touch it. These are solar flares and prominences hundreds of times bigger than the Earth! They release radiation that cause auroras, disrupt radio communications, short-circuit satellites, and even cause power failures. This photo was taken by the NASA SOHO probe.

To see how such pictures have inspired Hollywood, check out the posters of the movie Sunshine at

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