Fiery “snake” slithers across the sun

(ORDO NEWS) — The European Space Agency (ESA) has published a video taken by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft during its approach to the Sun in September 2022.

It shows how a stream of gases resembling a snake glides over the surface of our star in super-rapidity.

The researchers believe that this unusual stream, which glides across the solar disk at a speed of 170 kilometers per second, was formed by cold atmospheric gases suspended by a magnetic field in the hotter surrounding plasma of the Sun.

Matter in the stream moves along a filament of the magnetic field that extends from one side of the star to the other.


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