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2016 May 17

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Plasma Voids After a Solar Flare

A C3.2 flare and a filament eruption lead to some very interesting loops and plasma void downflows just east of AR 12542. Hinode XRT was treated to a clear field of view, thanks to a coronal hole in the foreground.

After the solar flare, dark voids are seen streaming downward. These voids are called Supra-Arcade Downflows (SADs) which, given their dark nature, can be difficult to detect. SADs are well observed with the XRT and there are several XPOWs dedicated to this beautiful phenomena.

The movie has been rotated so that west points up.

Keywords: Downflows, Flare
Filters: Be_thin

(Prepared by Patricia Jibben)

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