Massive Solar Flare

According to NASA this is an electromagnetic event. Sunspots, solar flares and solar storms are visible plasma wave “discharges.” In a fraction of a second the eruption shoots hundreds of thousand of miles! Not too dissimilar from a lightning bolt on a massive solar scale.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this view of a powerful M3.6 Class solar flare on Feb. 24, 2011 during a 90-minute sun storm.

Plasma is sort of an electrified “gas” and the fundamental state of matter. It is often called the 4th state of matter.

When one or more of the outer (valence) electrons are stripped away from an atom we say the atom has become ‘ionized’. It then exhibits a net positive electrical charge, and is called a ‘positive ion’. On the other hand, if an extra electron is added onto a neutral atom, the combination then carries a net negative charge and is referred to as a ‘negative ion’. The electrical forces between dissimilar ions are orders of magnitude stronger than any mechanical force such as that produced by gravity. An electrical plasma is a cloud of ions and electrons that, under the excitation of applied electrical and magnetic fields, can sometimes light up and behave in some unusual ways

Remember, not everything is the way you were taught it was… Electricity attracts, magnets repel. The sun is an electric “element” of the universe which keeps the earth in it’s orbit by means of the stronger force of electromagnetism.

NASA scientists called the display a “monster prominence” that kicked up a huge plasma wave.

The sun unleashed a powerful flare Thursday (Feb.24) that — while not the strongest solar storm ever seen — let loose a massive wave of magnetic plasma in a dazzling display.

The solar flare kicked up a huge, twisting tendril of plasma that scientists call a solar prominence. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the flare in an eye-catching video, with mission scientists calling the eruption a “monster prominence.”

“Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface,” NASA scientists wrote in a statement released Friday (Feb. 25).

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