Video: The sun put on a swirly, gyrating show

It's a gyrating active region.
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There's a lot going on on the sun's surface.

NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory released a video that gives us a close-up look at what exactly is happening up there – and it's pretty cool.

Check out this video:

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A close-up video of a small area of the sun highlighted three active regions, but the one in the center caught our attention the most. Over half a day this active region sent dark swirls of plasma and bright magnetic arches twisting and turning above it. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2jSQmi8

Posted by NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NASA says competing magnetic forces created three gyrating active regions on the sun. The area in the center caught scientists' attention the most, with NASA saying: "Over half a day [on Jan. 20], this active region sent dark swirls of plasma and bright magnetic arches twisting and turning above it."

This story is part of our Best of the Web section – which is just cool stuff we find online and want to share with you.

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