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Giant Solar Tornado Caught in NASA Video

June 13, 2012

A monster “tornado” big enough to swallow many Earths has been spied on the sun, according to astronomers who analyzed recent images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Over the course of three hours, this behemoth reached up from the sun’s surface to a height of 125,000 miles, or roughly half the distance between the Earth and the moon. The hot gases were whipped up to nearly 186,000 miles per hour. In comparison, the wind speed of terrestrial tornadoes generally reaches a paltry 100 miles per hour. Learn more here or here.