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Space Tornadoes

The term solar tornado can mean two different things — a tornado that occurs in outer space or a terrestrial tornado that can be seen from space.

Take a closer look at the cosmic tornado events, known as Herbig-Haro (HH) objects, and at some of the fantastic tornadoes on the sun.

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Tornadoes on Sun as Big as United States

Tornadoes on Sun as Big as United States

Why is the atmosphere around the sun more than 300 times hotter than its surface? Scientists think the answer might lie in giant super-tornadoes. Take a look. More...

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Space.com
A Thousand-Mile-Wide Tornado

A Thousand-Mile-Wide Tornado

Tornadoes on the sun can have winds topping 6,000 MPH. What would a storm that size do on Earth? Take a look. More...

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Weather Channel
Space Tornado! Cosmic Front Packs a Punch

Space Tornado! Cosmic Front Packs a Punch

High-energy particles spewing out of a young star are creating a giant spiral structure in space that looks like a glowing, rainbow-colored tornado. More...

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Space.com
Herbig-Haro 32: Jets of Material Ejected from a Young Star

Herbig-Haro 32: Jets of Material Ejected from a Young Star

Herbig-Haro 32 is a space tornado 1,000 light years from Earth, but the Hubble Space Telescope was still able to take this amazing image. More...

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NASA
Herbig-Haro Objects, Animated

Herbig-Haro Objects, Animated

New stars throw off clouds of gas and dust. These streams, Herbig-Haro objects, are sometimes described as space tornadoes. Watch 15 years of Hubble Space Telescope images in under a minute. More...

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Infrared Camera Sees Through Stardust to the Edge of the Universe

Infrared Camera Sees Through Stardust to the Edge of the Universe

What happens in space no longer stays in space. Technology allows humans to see what's happening trillions of miles from Earth: space tornadoes, the birth of new stars, and the deaths of old ones. More...

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PBS NewsHour
Physicists Spot Interstellar Shock Wave Using Spitzer Telescope

Physicists Spot Interstellar Shock Wave Using Spitzer Telescope

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured images of a distant space tornado with a camera developed by physicist Giovanni Fazio. The images are a clue that a new star is being formed. More...

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Science Daily
Solar Tornadoes

Solar Tornadoes

High-def video from solar satellites has recorded "prominences" that turn into solar tornadoes. They can be monster-sized, five times as big around as earth and 10 times as high. More...

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Weather Channel
Solar Tornadoes Dance Across Sun’s Surface in NASA Video

Solar Tornadoes Dance Across Sun’s Surface in NASA Video

Particles being pulled this way and that by magnetic fields causes plasma on the sun's surface to swirl. Check out this footage of tornado-like eruptions. More...

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NASA
Space Tornado

Space Tornado

Meet physicist Giovanni Fazio. He created the infrared camera aboard NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope that spotted a tornado in space. More...

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