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.