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Lollipop CME (January 30, 2004)


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The Sun ejected a lollipop-shaped coronal mass ejection over a 12-hour period on January 28, 2004. What is unusual is that the front edge of the CME maintained this integrated rounded shape just about throughout its transit out to the edge of the instrument's field of view. Many scientists believe the lollipop is a twisted rope of magnetic flux. Normally, a CME expands into a more nebulously rounded cloud. A coronal mass ejection is a cloud of particles blasted out from the Sun into space. It concocts of a billions of tons of matter moving at millions of miles per hour.

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