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Tornadoes are a little different when they happen on the sun

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solar prominence

A prominence that occurred on the sun on August 31. Solar tornadoes are very different from their Earth counterparts.

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In pictures, solar tornadoes look like our own planet's massive whirling twisters (hence the name). That's except for the fact that they are many times the size of and they contain super-hot plasma instead of wind and rain. But similar to the ones on Earth, they spring up from the Sun’s surface, and then quickly die down again.

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