Here’s an eye-opener. New high-resolution images of the sun show a feature of our closest star we’ve never seen before: “incredibly fine magnetic threads filled with extremely hot, million-degree plasma.”
Scientists from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center analyzed the data from NASA’s High-Resolution Coronal Imager, aka Hi-C, mission and discovered the strands. The threads of “hot, electrified gases” are about 310 miles (500 kilometers) in width.
An image with the Earth superimposed gives some perspective on the size of the threads.