000 miles per hour
And you thought “Twister” was bad! Last week, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite captured these stunning images of magnetically captured plasma moving like a tornado across the sun’s surface. But even more stunning than this video of the solar tornado are its statistics: it’s estimated to be about as large as Earth itself, with wind gusts approaching 300,000 mph and a temperature of 15,000 degrees fahrenheit. Uh… wow.