The Sun


View of a Solar Storm: Solar StormThis is a view of a beautiful plasma storm on the surface of the sun. The plasma arcs are driven by the sun's magnetic field lines. This creates the beautiful arcs as seen in the picture. Click on the image to the left to view it.


How big is a flare? Size of a flareThis is a view of the size of the earth against the Sun and one of its flares. It is very clear how small the entire Earth is when compared against on of the Sun's flares.



View of Solar Coronal Mass Ejections or CMEs: Solar Flare MovieThis is a movie of solar flares back in 2002 on the Sun. If the plasma material escapes the gravity of the Sun, then it is called a coronal mass ejection, or CME. To view it as a Quicktime Movie (.mov), click here.


Where is the Comet Halley? Halley's CometHalley's comet was last seen in 1986. It orbits the Sun every 76 years, and we will not see it until 2061. Click here to see the orbit of Halley's comet. The tail is produced by gas escaping from the comet core and blown by the solar wind. A closeup view of the comet can be seen by clicking here.








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