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fishstickmonkey:

A thin solar prominence appeared above the Sun, then sprouted numerous streams of plasma back into the Sun before disappearing a day later (July 28-29, 2014). The prominence and its streams are being controlled by forces associated with strong magnetic fields beneath the prominence. These images were taken in extreme ultraviolet light. Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA. (via SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory)

fishstickmonkey:

A thin solar prominence appeared above the Sun, then sprouted numerous streams of plasma back into the Sun before disappearing a day later (July 28-29, 2014). The prominence and its streams are being controlled by forces associated with strong magnetic fields beneath the prominence. These images were taken in extreme ultraviolet light. Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA. (via SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory)

cosmicvastness

cosmicvastness:

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2014 September 16

Milky Way above Atacama Salt Lagoon 

Galaxies, stars, and a serene reflecting pool combine to create this memorable land and skyscape. The featured panorama is a 12-image mosaic taken last month from the Salar de Atacama salt flat in northern Chile. The calm water is Laguna Cejar, a salty lagoon featuring a large central sinkhole. On the image left, the astrophotographer’s fiancee is seen capturing the same photogenic scene. The night sky is lit up with countless stars, the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies on the left, and the band of our Milky Way galaxy running diagonally up the right. The Milky Way may appear to be causing havoc at the horizon, but those are just the normal lights of a nearby town.