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An amazing solar filament is now moving across the disk of the Sun.

A solar filament is plasma gas that is higher in the solar atmosphere and

appears as a dark signature, against the brighter photosphere. This filament

is at least 1,000,000 kilometers in length. If the filament were to smash into

the photosphere of the Sun, a large Hyder Flare may be produced. This is a

very long filament and it will move towards the limb of the Sun, in just a

few days. This creates a great opportunity for those with solar telescopes,

to monitor this massive object.

Here are some links to understand this better:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_prominence

scied.ucar.edu/solar-filament

 

How to use a solar telescope:

 

www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/how-to-look-at-the-sun/

 

www.meade.com/products/coronado.html

 

solar-center.stanford.edu/observe/

 

 

Solar Filament In The News-

 

www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/12/sun-filament-half-million-miles-photo_n_6670030.html