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When magnetic fields lines on the sun come together they can realign into a new configuration, called magnetic reconnection.
Magnetic Reconnection on the Sun

When magnetic fields lines on the sun come together they can realign into a new configuration. The process, called magnetic reconnection, can produce tremendous amounts of energy, powering gigantic explosions in the sun’s atmosphere. Credit: NASA Goddard

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