Magnetic beauty on the sun

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Seen above are magnetic structures on the surface of the sun, imaged by the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope, operated by the Institute for Solar Physics. This photo is one of a series of, er, hot photos of the sun recently posted to the always amazing Big Picture blog. The Sun at The Big Picture (Thanks, Mark Dery!)

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  1. I know it’s kind of wrong but I cannot help thinking how do these things sound like, maybe like a million dragons.

    Tabitha, this is the total opposite of cool. :)

  2. I know it’s kind of wrong but I cannot help thinking how do these things sound like, maybe like a million dragons.

    It sounds like burning, and it wants it’s precious.

  3. do you suppose that if we all pay attention and work really, really hard we might be able to make another one when this one breaks or wears out?

  4. “The Eye was rimmed with fire… watchful and intent, and the black slit of its pupil opened on a pit, a window into nothing.”

    -Tolkien

    Oh dear…. back away from the telescope slowly….

  5. Wow! The beauty is hypnotic and also somehow terrifying, but that’s not the right word. When I think of “god” this don’t see a sheep herder in sandals, I see this kinda thing…because i’m a heathen.

    I hate to say it, but this also makes me wish I had really, really good weed. there now the world also knows I am a secret hippy.

    God Damn It!

  6. #9 “I cannot help thinking how do these things sound like, maybe like a million dragons.”

    best comment, hands down. you win this thread!

  7. It’s big, and it’s round.
    And it’s hot.
    Very hot.
    Very freakin’ hot.
    It burns, and it bubbles, and it will continue to do so.

    sigh.

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