Is that our Sun [ http://www.seds.org/nineplanets/nineplanets/sol.html ]? The unusual banana [ http://www.dole5aday.com/bobby/shocked_audio/radio_swa_letsgo.html ]-shaped loops shown above [ http://science.msfc.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/ast22jun98_1.htm ] are actually part of a computer-generated snap-shot of our Sun's magnetic field [ http://vestige.lmsal.com/TRACE/Public/magnetic.htm ]. This animated frame [ http://science.msfc.nasa.gov/ssl/pad/solar/3dfields.htm ] was constructed using data from the ground-based U.S. Solar Vector Magnetograph [ http://wwwssl.msfc.nasa.gov/ssl/pad/solar/maggraph.htm ] and the space-based Japanese X-Ray Telescope Yohkoh [ http://solar.physics.montana.edu/YPOP/ ]. Surfaces of constant magnetic field [ http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/Education/Imagnet.html ] strength loop through the Sun's corona [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap951024.html ], break through the Sun's surface, and connect regions of magnetic activity such as sunspots [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980322.html ]. Recently, contact has been interrupted [ http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/pr26june.html ] with the Sun-watching SOHO [ http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/ ] satellite. Although SOHO had completed its two year mission, attempts are still being made to re-establish communication.