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A tornado as big as the Earth? Yep, and there's video...

A tornado as big as the Earth? Yep, and there's video...
Photo courtesy: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory

A tornado the size of Earth blasting winds of 300,000 mph sounds like the stuff of disaster movies, but it's real and it happened earlier this month.

But before Oklahoma contemplates how to build a shelter to withstand that kind of tornado, don't worry it was on the sun.

This incredible video was taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory which wrote that "darker, cooler plasma slid and shifted back and forth above the Sun's surface seen here for 30 hours (Feb. 7-8, 2012) in extreme ultraviolet light. An active region rotating into view provides a bright backdrop to the gyrating streams of plasma. The particles are being pulled this way and that by competing magnetic forces. They are tracking along strands of magnetic field lines."

Yes, there will be a quiz.

Terry Kucera, deputy SOHO project scientist and a solar physicist with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, told Fox News that this sun tornado could be as large as the Earth itself with gusts up to 300,000 mph.

She said these solar tornadoes are not uncommon, but SDO officials say it wasn't possible to get these photographs and video of such an event until their observatory launched two years ago.