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Monster Solar Prominence

When a rather large-sized (M 3.6 class) flare occurred near the edge of the Sun, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period (Feb. 24, 2011). This event was captured in extreme ultraviolet light at 304 angstrom. Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface.