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Enormous ‘polar vortex’ on the sun is unprecedented, scientists say



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On Feb. 2, an enormous tentacle of plasma snapped aside within the solar’s ambiance earlier than tumbling down, circling the star’s north pole at 1000’s of miles a minute, after which disappearing — leaving scientists baffled.

Your complete spectacle, which lasted about 8 hours, went viral on Twitter when Tamitha Skov (opens in new tab), a science communicator and analysis scientist at The Aerospace Company in California, posted footage (opens in new tab) of the occasion captured by NASA’s Photo voltaic Dynamics Observatory.