Watch a 200,000-mile 'canyon of fire' sweep across the sun
A stunning reminder of the sun's pent-up power

Okay, so the sun isn't technically made of fire. It's an enormous ball of superheated plasma that only looks like a flaming orb — or, in the case of the above video, Sauron's eye.

In late September, a massive magnetic filament roughly 200,000 miles long burst forth from the sun's atmosphere, leaving behind what NASA dubbed a "canyon of fire."

NASA created the stunning footage by piecing together images captured by satellites over a two-day period, on September 29 and 30. The varying colors reflect different wavelengths, which are used to observe material at different temperatures — for example, the yellow images show matter at around one million degrees Fahrenheit.

Jon Terbush is an associate editor at covering politics, sports, and other things he finds interesting. He has previously written for Talking Points Memo, Raw Story, and Business Insider.


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