Mysterious Photo: Sasquatch Spotted on the Sun
CREDIT: Alan Friedman/ avertedimagination.com
No wonder we can never find the Sasquatch: He doesn't live on Earth.
Astrophotographer Alan Friedman snapped this shot of a beastly-looking wisp of solar gas, called a solar prominence.
A prominence is an eruption of ionized gas off the surface of the sun, prompted by the solar magnetic field. Prominences can take all sorts of shapes that seem familiar to us as they launch upward and fall back down to the sun's surface. The gas eruptions are anchored to the sun's surface and often extend outwards in a loop into the sun's corona, or atmosphere.
It's uncanny how much this particular prominence resembles the iconic Bigfoot silhouette made famous by the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film. (The image shown here is flipped horizontally to match the prominence.) The scale is off considerably, though. As Friedman notes, this prominence is some 20,000 miles tall.
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