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2012 July 24

Click for movie. Also available on YouTube

July Fireworks

July is a time for fireworks, and the Sun has certainly been celebrating, with no fewer than 40 flares of at least GOES M-class in just the first two weeks. The movie linked above shows the dramatic nature of one of these flares, on the southwest limb of the Sun, 2012/07/08-09. As the flare progressed, it developed a ghostly structure high above the "main" part of the flare, and eventually made high-temperature (~6 million kelvins) magnetic connections all the way to the northern hemisphere!

Keywords: AR Tracking, Microflares, Loop Expansion
Filters: Al_mesh

(Prepared by David McKenzie)

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