What’s up with your Sun?

Folks, I hate to break it to you like this, but your Earth’s yellow Sun has a filament.

A really big filament.

From APOD:


This is one of the longest filaments recorded. The description of it involves phrases like: ” spiraling magnetic field engulfing it”.

But don’t worry. You can check on the filament by clicking HERE again and again and again.  Right now, it is like… this…


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  1. gramma10 says:

    I love the sky, stars, universe! Can stay on the Hubble Site for hours. Just is such an awesome creation God made. Love this APOD. Loved your Aurora Borealis too! In studying the solar system I can see many many formations of baby stars and constellations etc. etc. which clearly look like “life”.
    I see Mother Mary and baby Jesus in her womb and many other preborn babies. . .and an awesome profile of a baby’s head.
    Check that out– Baby’s profile facing to your right.
    http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2007/01/hubble_s_view_of_n90_star-forming_region/9883279-3-eng-GB/Hubble_s_view_of_N90_star-forming_region.jpg. Hubble’s view of N90
    There is much more and they do portray God’s life I am sure! He is ALL about Creation and life!
    LOVE IT! Thank you!

  2. Sconnius says:


    as long as this doesn’t affect your ability to absorb and metabolize the solar energy necessary for you to go on, we’re good.

    Still pretty cool, though.

  3. ACatholicGuy says:

    A filament?? Like an Edison bulb? I thought those were illegal now!

    I agree with gramma10, I love seeing all the formations. The “Pillars of Creation” in the Eagle Nebula, for example, in the left pillar appears to have angels at the top circling a white light (?heaven), while the devil looks up from the darkness below (?hell).

  4. Sonshine135 says:

    A filament such as this can become a coronal mass ejection (CME). Were that the case with said filament, and the filament was pointed the right way, you could potentially see some vivid auroral activity or some very nasty disruptions to communications/ electrical systems. The thing is the size of 67 earths after all.

  5. MWindsor says:

    Second longest ever recorded.

  6. Siculum says:

    God shoulda bought an LED. That filament won’t last. Runs too hot.

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