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NASA boffins, staring into the Sun with a new space telescope, say they have detected unthinkably enormous waves rolling across the star's hot surface - as if a gigantic breaker of the sort beloved by surfers were scaled up to the size of the United States. Giant breakers of the solar corona. Credit: NASA/SDO/Astrophysical …


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  1. Anonymous Coward


    ... how many Waleses is it then exactly?

  2. Svantevid

    By El Reg standards...

    "big as the USA" would be translated to 473.000 Wales/4,2 Congos. No more of that silly imperial/metric nonsense, please.

    1. ravenviz Silver badge


      Can I have it in Jamaicas please.

      1. Svantevid

        @ ravenviz

        Sorry, no. As the El Reg Standards Soviet declared, here are the relevant units:

        However, one Jamaica is 0,53 Wales(es?) or 0,0047 Democratic Republics of Congo.

    2. Mister_C

      Imperial measurements

      In Belgium they might consider Congos to be an imperial measurement

  3. PartTimeLegend

    "NASA boffins, staring into the Sun..."

    Every 5 year old knows not to stare directly into the Sun.

  4. Christoph

    Which USA?

    Is that all the states, the continental states, or the contiguous states?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    for an older photo of this sort of thing

  6. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    "Moving at 6-14Km/s"

    or roughly M17-M42

    Sadly if it's density is *anything* like most plasmas you'd need a board the size of truck to surf it (assuming the radiation didn't cook you first)

    One thing about space weather, it's *huge*.

    Surfs up.

  7. jubtastic1


    Means our surfer will weigh in at about 4.5 Mini coopers, quite the handicap for even the most adept of plasma surfers.

    1. Anonymous Coward


      moving at 6-14kms might make Clidro's a bit tricky. Won't have to worry about any super-sonic handling anomolies, as there won't be any air.

      That and it'll be a tad warmer and brighter than you'd be used to. And radioactive.

  8. Tom 7

    Thats not a wave

    thats an eddy.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      ?your shipboard computer?

      or Iron Maiden's mascot?

  9. Ray 8


    Wonder what Keanu Reeves would say

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