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Wed Mar 28, 2012, 09:42 PM

Gigantic Solar Tornado Is 5 Times the Size of Earth

This enormous tornado erupting from the surface of the sun is big enough to swallow the Earth. In fact, it could swallow five Earths.

Discovered using NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory satellite, this colossal twisting mass is made up of superheated gas at a temperature of between 90,000 and 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit.

Over the course of three hours, this behemoth reached up from the sun’s surface to a height of 125,000 miles, or roughly half the distance between the Earth and the moon. The hot gases were whipped up to nearly 186,000 miles per hour. In comparison, the wind speed of terrestrial tornadoes generally reaches a paltry 100 miles per hour.

Scientists have previously seen smaller solar tornadoes with other sun-observing satellites but this one — spotted in September 2011 — is thought to be the first one ever filmed (left). Since then, researchers have seen at least one more solar tornado, an Earth-sized twister seen in the video below.


Read more here: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/gigantic-solar-tornado/?

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Fascinating.........

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MindMover Mar 2012 OP
Ilsa Mar 2012 #1
MindMover Mar 2012 #2
Ian David Mar 2012 #3
MindMover Mar 2012 #5
Jamastiene Mar 2012 #4
MindMover Mar 2012 #6
kysrsoze Mar 2012 #7

Response to MindMover (Original post)

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 09:46 PM

1. Is this a flare we need to be

concerned about?

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 09:56 PM

3. It's all Obama's fault. n/t



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Response to Ian David (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 10:05 PM

5. It could be his fault if he does not initiate some educational/preventative.....

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measures to protect USA communication/electrical abilities in the relative political near future.....given that politicians today work on 1-4 yr time periods to get something done for the good of the people.....

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 10:03 PM

4. Well, one bright side to that type of tornado...

If it was able to hit you, you wouldn't live long enough to see the rest of the damage it would do if it was on Earth.

That's not much of a bright side, though, is it? I hate tornadoes and am in awe of their power at the same time. Such destruction and devastation is so horrible though. So, eventually terror and fear of tornadoes wins with me every single time.

That solar tornado sounds like an Ah-nold Schwarze-tornado.

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Response to Jamastiene (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 10:13 PM

6. It is definitely a tornado on super duper steroids.....

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2012, 05:15 AM

7. Wow, that video was extremely creepy

That was mind-blowing.

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