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Hurricane-sized whirlpools filmed on the Sun

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Published on Oct 6, 2008

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Material in the outer 30% of the Sun is thought to rise and fall in churning cells. After the hot material rises, it releases energy and falls downwards. Because it already has some sideways motion, calculations show this cooler plasma should spiral into the Sun as it falls like water running down a bathtub drain. These whirlpools - about the size of hurricanes on Earth - have been imaged for the first time by a team using the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope in Spain (Courtesy of Bonet et al./IAC/UV/SST)

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