Supermassive swirling solar tornado 5 times bigger than the size of the earth (Video)

Scientists have recently discovered a massive supertornado which seems to be five times bigger than our own planet.

Supermassive swirling solar tornado

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The swirling gas was discovered last September 2011 by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory satellite.

Clocking in at 186,000 miles per hour, the speeds of this tornado absolutely dwarf those of a storm on Earth. Terrestrial storms don’t exactly get as hot as this tornado either: The solar storm’s temperature ranges between 90,000 and 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit.

While scientists have viewed large solar tornadoes in the past, this one is easily the biggest ever observed. The cause of the storm is believed to be the twisting of the Sun’s magnetic field.

Video of Gigantic Solar Tornado 5 times the Size of Earth | Discovered using NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory satellite

Video Credit: YouTube/matroplex | abcnews.com

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