A corona mass ejection (CME), associated with a solar flare, blew out from just around the edge of the Sun today in a glorious roiling wave (May 1, 2013).
The video, taken in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, covers about 2.5 hours. SOHO’s C2 and C3 coronagraphs shows a large, bright, circular cloud of particles heading out into space.
STEREO spacecraft, from their different perspectives in space, observed the flare. CME’s carry over a billion tons of particles at over a million miles per hour.
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In the darkness of the valley, the Sun finds its way to two frozen trees.
Set: After Autumn Falls
Earth has entered a stream of high-speed solar wind, which has “escaped” through a coronal hole on the Sun.
Coronal holes are regions where the corona is dark. These features were discovered when X-ray telescopes were first flown above the earth’s atmosphere to reveal the structure of the corona across the solar disc. Coronal holes are associated with “open” magnetic field lines and are often found at the Sun’s poles. The high-speed solar wind is known to originate in coronal holes.
In this composite image you can see the entire Sun on the left and a closer look at that coronal hole.
At the moment, NOAA NWS Space Weather Prediction Center forecasters are estimating a relatively slight 20% chance of geomagnetic storms. Nevertheless, high-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
(Credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory)
Eclipse of Nov. 14th 2012 by Tunç Tezel
False-color emphasizes the structure of the outer solar corona as seen from Skylab in 1973
Skylab image-processed coronagraph photo showing the solar corona, the Sun’s outer atmosphere of hot gases that surrounds the photosphere, the Sun’s surface. The coronagraph blocks the light from the photosphere, allowing the usually invisible, fainter corona to be studied. The central black disc denotes the photosphere. The coronagraph essentially mimics the conditions which prevail during a solar eclipse, when light from the photosphere is obscured by the Moon, allowing the corona to become visible.
Refractions by Maianer
I said to the sun, “Tell me about the Big Bang.” The sun said, “It hurts to become.
On August 1, 2010, almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity. This image of the solar event shows the C3-class solar flare (white area on upper left), a solar tsunami (wave-like structure, upper right), multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more. Different colors in the image represent different gas temperatures.
(via: Wikipedia) (image: NASA/SDO/AIA)
Picture of the eclipse on May 20, 2012 over China.
A Gallery Of May 20 Annular Solar Eclipse Images
1. The sun sets behind a barn and windmill on Sunday, May 20, 2012, southwest of Ellis, Kansas, during a partial solar eclipse. Credit: Steven Hausler, The Hays Daily News / AP
2. An annular solar eclipse appears in the sky over Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, May 21, 2012. Credit: AP / SL
3. A view of partial solar eclipse, seen through a black film in Srinagar, India, in January 2011. Credit: Mukhtar Khan/AP/Canadian Press
4. An annular solar eclipse appears during a break in clouds over Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, May 21, 2012. Credit: Wally Santana / AP
5. An annular solar eclipse appears in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, Monday, May 21, 2012. Credit: AP
6. A partial annular solar eclipse appears through construction scaffoldings in Beijing, China, Monday, May 21, 2012. Credit: Ng Han Guan / AP
The top one is like what I saw !!
The first central eclipse of the 21st century for the US, ranging from Japan to the US west coast. LA will actually be right in the middle for this too!
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