Science Space

It’s Raining Fire

We do share bits of Space Porn here from time to time, and this seems to be as good of a candidate as any.

This video, released by NASA last week, depicts what they’re referring to as “coronal rain” which is basically plasma raining down from thousands of miles in the sky above the sun.


Hot plasma in the corona cooled and condensed along strong magnetic fields in the region. Magnetic fields, are invisible, but the charged plasma is forced to move along the lines, showing up brightly in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 304 Angstroms, and outlining the fields as it slowly falls back to the solar surface.

  • mrbrink

    That’s so fucking hot.

  • muselet

    I kind of want that as my screensaver. (Space Porn, indeed.)