A huge eruptive prominence is seen moving out from our Sun [ http://www.seds.org/nineplanets/nineplanets/sol.html ] in this condensed half-hour time-lapse sequence. Ten Earths could easily fit in the "claw" of this seemingly solar monster. This large prominence [ ftp://eitv3.nascom.nasa.gov/pub/outgoing/APOD/ ], though, is significant not only for its size, but its shape. The twisted figure eight shape indicates that a complex magnetic field [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980629.html ] threads through the emerging solar particles [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000318.html ]. Recent evidence [ http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/press/00/pr0015.htm ] of differential rotation inside the Sun might help account for the surface explosion. The sequence [ http://spacescience.com/headlines/y2000/ast20jan_1.htm ] was taken early this year by the Sun-orbiting SOHO satellite [ http://www.uio.no/~paalb/report/node15.html ]. Although large prominence [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap970127.html ]s and energetic Coronal Mass Ejection [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000309.html ]s (CMEs) are relatively rare, they are occurring more frequently now that we are near the Solar Maximum [ http://science.nasa.gov/ssl/pad/solar/predict.htm ], a time of peak sunspot and solar activity [ http://lheawww.gsfc.nasa.gov/~reames/DARK7.HTML ] in the eleven-year solar cycle [ http://www.sunspotcycle.com/ ].