Soaring Solar Prominence (November 20, 2009)
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Solar observers and the SOHO spacecraft were treated to the sight of a high-flying prominence (Nov. 18, 2009). Located near the 10 o'clock position, the prominence, as seen here in extreme UV light, extends upwards at least 18 times the size of Earth. It appears to have risen up from the far side of the Sun. It did not appear at all in an image taken six hours earlier with the same instrument and is gone in the ensuing image six hours later. Two other prominences poke out too above the lower edges of the Sun. Prominences are cooler clouds of gases suspended above the Sun by magnetic forces.
The Extreme UltraViolet Imager (EUVI) on the STEREO Behind spacecraft observed this event, and another eruptive prominence:
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