Weather Starts on the Sun
Though the Sun is a constant in our lives,
it's not a tranquil place. Under the surface
lies a restless world of unbelievable power.
Deep within the Sun, titanic energies are
released that bubble and boil to the surface.
This energy frequently causes the surface
of our star to violently erupt.
Hot tubes of
plasma, called magnetic loops,
arc thousands of miles above
the Sun, following invisible
lines of magnetic force.
Prominences are like
magnetic loops but much, much bigger.
See how they compare to Earth. And
sometimes they can explode.
on the Sun, called solar flares,
spew X-rays, gamma rays, and radio
waves into space along with high energy particle radiation.
More about Solar Flares, click here.
The Sun’s atmosphere
churns and frequently explodes. Huge
blasts from the corona are known
as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs.
about CMEs, click here.