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2018 June 26

Hinode XRT Observes the Sun
Click for movie. Also available on YouTube.

Solar X-Ray Highlighter

Magnetic fields dominate the solar corona but these fields are difficult study because we can't see them. We infer properties of coronal magnetic fields by studying how they interact with coronal plasmas. This movie shows how a small flare can highlight previously hidden magnetic field lines.

To the right of the S-shaped bright region is a horizontal loop that periodically brightens and shoots out X-ray's that highlight some of the dark magnetic field loops. These structures don't remain bright very long as the X-Rays travel along the long loops losing energy.

Keywords: Flare, Jet
Filters: thin_Be

(Prepared by Patricia Jibben)

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