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How big did you say that massive plasma snake…er, magnetic filament…on the sun was?

December 7th, 2010

My colleague Frank Reddy at Goddard Space Flight Center has kindly cooked up some quick illustrations to drive home the massive scale of that giant looping filament on the sun that everybody was oooing and ahhhing about in the blogpodcastotwittersphere yesterday, including the ever-blogolicious Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait. There’s a video of the beast out now, too.

To make these images, Frank laid Earth and Jupiter along the filament. In the full-disk illustration, Earth is a mere 15 pixels in diameter! By the way, the Earth image is the famous Apollo 17 photo, much shrunken, and the Jupiter snapshot is from Cassini.


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