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Image of the Day: The Sun's Enormous Solar Prominence

The Solar Dynamics Observatory captures an image of an enormous prominence around the sun. Check out this accompanying video.


The Solar Dynamics Observatory captures an image of an enormous solar prominence around the sun. To put this in perspective, Bad Astronomy points out that the Earth would appear about 5 pixels by comparison. (Our image is slightly smaller, meaning you could barely see the Earth on this scale.) The prominence is estimated to be 434,960 miles across.
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Via Gawker

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