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Witness the terrifying specter of a solar tornado [video]

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If you’ve been in the market for a new vision to haunt your nightmares, we bring you the solar tornado.

This beast, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, contained gases up to 3.6 million degrees and whipped across 124,000 miles spinning at up to 186,000 mph. It’s thought that such tornadoes might cause coronal mass ejections, which are currently experiencing a peak of activity, creating stunning displays of light on Earth.

Full story at Space.com.

Brought to you by NASA.

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