Amateur Astronomer Takes Stunning Photo of a Smoke Ring Emitted by the Sun

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This image of the sun with a massive detached prominence hovering just above its surface.

Somewhat alarmingly, it looks like a close-up of a tennis ball blowing a smoke ring.  But this incredible image is actually of the sun with a massive detached prominence hovering just above its surface.  It shows the aftermath of a large solar flare – or prominence – emitted by an erupting sunspot earlier this month. (pics)

 

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