Sun Vortex

A complex and very long strand of ultra-hot plasma erupted (Jan. 31, 2013) as a long funnel that stretched and split apart as it burst out into space. Unable to break loose of our home star's gravity, much of the material was actually pulled back into Sun. This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) were taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light (304 Angstroms).

CREDIT: NASA/SDO