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2015 August 25

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Trans-Solar Highway

The bright point near the bottom of the sun is actually a small bipolar magnetic region that emerged around 18:43UT on 2015 August 17. These small, short-lived, regions are the source of many types of solar activity, usually, small flares and jets.

This region ended up being a rest stop for some rogue plasma that jettisoned away from a seemingly quiet area. The jet may be caused by the bipolar field pushing into its neighborhood (magnetic reconnection) or the jet just got caught up in the bipolar magnetic field as it passed by.

Keywords: Full Disk, Bright Point
Filters: Thin-Be

(Prepared by Patricia Jibben)

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