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Magnetic Solar Super Tornadoes

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Published on Jun 27, 2012

More than 10,000 magnetic super tornadoes -- each as large as a continent on Earth -- are now thought to storm across the sun's surface at any moment.

According to a new study in Nature, each solar tornado lasts about 13 minutes, can spin more than 9,000 miles per hour and has a temperature of roughly 1 million degrees Kelvin (the magnetic field lines carry along and accelerate hot plasma).

The twisters may be a key step in shuttling energy from the sun's photosphere, or surface, up into its wispy, 2-million-degree-Kelvin corona.

Video: Copyright of Sven Wedemeyer-Böhm et al., 2012
Distributed with permission by Sven Wedemeyer-Böhm (http://folk.uio.no/svenwe/)

Music: "Something Elated" by Broke For Free
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Bro...
Distributed under CC BY 3.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...)

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