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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Scientists Create First Accurate Computer Model Of A Sunspot

Scientists Create First Accurate Computer Model Of A Sun Spot

The interface between a sunspot’s central and outer regions shows a complex structure.

In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the sun and its impacts on Earth, scientists have created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots. The resulting visuals capture both scientific detail and remarkable beauty. The results are published this week in a paper in Science Express. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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