Our Universe Visualized

Occasionally the sun forms long filaments of magnetic loops. This one is 700,000 km (435,000 mi.) long — this is nearly twice the distance between Earth and Moon. If these types of filaments collapse back onto the Sun, it can produce a bright Hyder flare. These photos were taken by astrophotographer Theo Ramakers from Social Circle, Georgia on November 18, 2011.

credit: Theo Ramakers