NASA Captures Video of Earth-Sized Sun Tornado

First, a link to the video and accompanying story.  Here’s a quote from the story, in case the title of this post isn’t enough to make you click it.

Terry Kucera, a solar physicist with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, told Fox News that the tornado might be as large as the Earth itself and have gusts up to 300,000 miles per hour. By comparison, the strongest tornadoes on earth, F5 storms, clock wind speeds at a relatively paltry (though incredibly destructive) 300 mph.

Three.  Hundred.  Thousand.  Miles.  Per.  Hour.  Winds.

For some perspective, the most powerful nuclear bombs produce winds of up to 1,000 miles per hour.

All I can say is: That Shit Cray.

Actually, I can say more: the fact of Earth-sized tornadoes on our own, relatively tiny Sun, should be a sharp reminder of precisely how small and irrelevant our planet truly is in the grand scheme of things.  I think this is a healthy bit of perspective to keep in mind.

Author: inuyesta

Law student with Josh Lyman dreams in a Toby Ziegler reality.

3 thoughts on “NASA Captures Video of Earth-Sized Sun Tornado”

  1. Thanks for the link. That shit definitely cray. As a minor point though (in the spirit of the title of the blog), I always get a bit huffy when folks go off on the point that human life on Earth is tiny and irrelevant just after they share something from space that’s amazing and massive and beautiful. What is relevant is relative. In the context of one’s life, events that wouldn’t register on the astronomical scale are of utmost importance and relevance, while shit that happens on the surface of the Sun that will never directly affect me just ain’t.

    1. Actually, I do agree with a lot of what you’re saying, emcee. I almost didn’t include that part of the post for the exact reason you’ve identified. I ultimately decided to leave it in because even though everyday life is important within our own context, I think it’s important to step back from that context from time to time and take note of our own insignificance. It’s good for the psyche.


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