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[PhysO] Huge tornadoes discovered on the Sun

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The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly saw superheated gases as hot as 50 000 – 2 000 000 Kelvin sucked from the root of a dense structure called prominence, and spiral up into the high atmosphere and travel about 200 000 kilometres along helical paths for a period of at least three hours. The tornadoes were observed on 25 September 2011.
The hot gases in the tornadoes have speeds as high as 300,000 km per hour. Gas speeds of terrestrial tornadoes can reach 150km per hour.
The tornadoes often occur at the root of huge coronal mass ejections. When heading toward the Earth, these coronal mass ejections can cause significant damage to the earth’s space environment, satellites, even knock out the electricity grid.

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Saw this earlier today and didn't get to read it all until now, and decided to share it with you guys.
Thoughts?

EDIT: Picture for those who are lazy to go on site, thanks DrDarkTempler! 260
Edited by Degree - 3/29/12 at 2:53pm
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FIRE TORNADOES! Now we're screwed for real.
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FIRE TORNADOES! Now we're screwed for real.

All this information relating to the huge CME that was suppose to happen (was posted awhile back on here) makes me think about it some more.
Even Michio Kaku said that it would even be the end of the world, and he is one of the smartest physicist in the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPdqr2v1rTQ
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Adding in, thanks!
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Oh noh, hide yo wife, hide yo kids!
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This sounds like a cheap ass Syfy movie plot. Thank God they ditched everything StarGate so we could keep these masterpieces on the air rolleyes.gif /sarcasm
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FIRE TORNADOES! Now we're screwed for real.

They happen here on earth alsoo

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i kinda just always assumed the sun had "weather" like this
why would it not lol
    
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All this information relating to the huge CME that was suppose to happen (was posted awhile back on here) makes me think about it some more.
Even Michio Kaku said that it would even be the end of the world, and he is one of the smartest physicist in the world.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPdqr2v1rTQ

Assuming that the wave is only big enough to knock out all electronics indefinitely, to say it would be the end of the world is still a bit of an overstatement. There are people to this day that live without electricity. It might be the end of the modern technological world, but I doubt it will be the end of humanity.
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