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It’s ‘tornado season’ – on the sun

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Jun 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-11 12:30:55-04

Hampton Roads isn’t the only place to see ‘tornadoes’. For 38-hours over June 3-4 the Solar Dynamics Observatory captured plasma dancing across the Sun’s surface. Multiple ‘sun tornadoes’ appear to be supporting a long solar filament like pillars of fire: