PIA21592: Filament Breakaway
 Target Name:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  SDO
 Instrument:  Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
 Product Size:  1500 x 1500 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  SDO
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA21592.tif (3.207 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA21592.jpg (274.8 kB)

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A dark, elongated filament rose up and broke to the lower left and out from the sun (Apr.9-10, 2017). Filaments are cooler clouds of plasma tethered above the sun's surface by magnetic forces. They are notoriously unstable and tend not to last more than a few days before they collapse into the sun or break away into space. The video, taken in extreme ultraviolet light, covers about nine hours of activity.


SDO is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Its Atmosphere Imaging Assembly was built by the Lockheed Martin Solar Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL), Palo Alto, California.

Image Credit:
NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory

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