Stunning 300,000 mile ‘lightning’ streaks across the sun – can you spot them?
EXPERTS have spotted a colossal ‘lightning bolt’ over the sun.
The discharge is estimated to have a staggering 300,000 miles in length.
That’s a lot bigger than any flash we get here on Earth.
The stunning phenomenon was spotted in the solar atmosphere on January 19th.
It shows a massive downward zigzag movement from the upper half of our solar system’s star.
The moment was over in seconds.
It apparently connects two sunspots known as AR3192 and AR3190.
The images were taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
The mission has been observing the Sun since 2010.
spaceweather.comwho spotted the bolt reports that no coronal mass ejection (CME) or other debris came out of the area as a result.
“Streams and hot plasma were contained within the curved channel,” the site said.
According to Guinness World Records, the largest single bolt ever recorded here on Earth was 477 miles long.
This corresponds to the distance between New York City and Columbus, Ohio.
The bolt spanned three states — Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi — on April 29, 2020.
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