Popping All Over
June 18, 2012
With numerous active regions populating the Sun's surface, it is no surprise that over about two days (Mar. 6-8, 2011) SDO saw flares and coronal mass ejections popping off in many directions. The movies were taken in extreme ultraviolet light. Besides the many storms, the Sun was alive with arcing loops revealing magnetic field lines interacting above the active regions. It was quite a dynamic display and further evidence that the Sun is really coming out of its long solar minimum period of reduced activity.
Topics: Sun, Space plasmas, Plasma physics, Technology Internet, Helmet streamer, Coronal mass ejection, Solar flare, Corona, Coronal loop