Filament Eruption (June 30, 2006)
The pair of stills about four hours apart was taken on June 25-26, 2006 by the EIT 195 instrument. They show a long filament that had been visible for days before and after its eruption.
Filaments are cooler, dynamic structures that coalesce and "float" in the otherwise hot corona above the Sun's surface, sometimes for several weeks. Since they are cooler, they appear somewhat darker. Filaments are suspended by strong magnetic forces. However when conditions change can collapse and erupt, as this one did here (more easily seen in the video clip).
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