A canyon of fire remains behind as an arc of solar material blasts off from the sun's surface and punches through the solar atmosphere.
The 200,000-mile-long (321,000-kilometers-long) string of charged particles was fired from the sun by a clash of powerful magnetic field loops. As the loops pulled apart, they lofted the filament through the solar atmosphere, where temperatures reach 1.8 million°F (1 million°C). (Learn about the sun's magnetic field.)
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