8.3 light-minutes

This image was recorded from space by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) in ultraviolet light. This highlights the upper chromosphere, a thin layer just above the Sun's surface which is a scorching 60 000 degrees Kelvin. The hotter areas appear white, while darker red indicates cooler temperatures. The image features a large eruption from the solar surface that escaped the Sun's atmosphere.

Credit: SOHO (ESA & NASA).

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