Look At This: A Rainbow, Magnetic Twister on the Sun

This vivid twist represents a solar cyclone, made of plasma, or ionized gas, moving along swirling magnetic fields on the Sun. It is a computer simulation of the storms on the Sun, created using data from a space telescope at NASA’s orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope on Earth.

These solar cyclones may help to answer a question that scientists had long wondered about: why is the sun's atmosphere more than 300 times hotter than its surface? Scientists pre