Monday, April 23, 2012

Rain on the Sun

Check out this amazing video that Bad Astronomy posted the other day:

Here's the explanation of what we're looking at:
"A lot of the material ... that falls back onto the Sun [is] because of the Sun’s strong gravity. Since the material is an ionized plasma – a gas stripped of one or more electrons — it follows the magnetic field lines of the Sun, so you can see graceful arcs of this stuff falling back down after the blast. ...
Gravity does the work, but magnetism does the steering."

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