Lollipop CME (January 30, 2004)
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The Sun ejected a lollipop-shaped coronal mass ejection over a
12-hour period on January 28, 2004. What is unusual is that the
front edge of the CME maintained this integrated rounded shape just
about throughout its transit out to the edge of the instrument's
field of view. Many scientists believe the lollipop is a twisted rope
of magnetic flux. Normally, a CME expands into a more nebulously
rounded cloud. A coronal mass ejection is a cloud of particles
blasted out from the Sun into space. It concocts of a billions of
tons of matter moving at millions of miles per hour.
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