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Sun Flower | Space Wallpaper

Sun Flower
While this looks like a delicate rose, it's actually a close up of magnetically confined tubes of hot plasma. (Image credit: Copyright Big Bear Solar Obs., NJIT, Alan Friedman (Averted Imagination))

In this October 2014 image the hot plasma fibrils create an illusion of the tender petals of a rose. The active solar region 2177 sent many magnetically confined tubes of plasma stretching out from the Sun. [Learn more about the Sun.]

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