NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured agnetic arcs of plasma that spiraled above two active regions held their shape fairly well over 18 hours on Jan. 11-12, 2017.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured agnetic arcs of plasma that spiraled above two active regions held their shape fairly well over 18 hours on Jan. 11-12, 2017.

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