Rotating plasma flows in the dynamic atmosphere of the Sun are referred to as solar magnetic tornadoes.
Visualisation of a close-up region in advanced 3D numerical simulations of a magnetic tornado in the solar atmosphere. The spiral lines represent the velocity field in the tornado vortex. The images contain the observed swirl signature (top, bluish) and the Sun's surface (bottom, reddish).
Image credit: Sven Wedemeyer-Böhm (ITA, University of Oslo)
Publication: Wedemeyer-Böhm, et al., 2012, Nature, 486, 505