Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Sun

The Sun


Credit: K. Yoshimura/Hinode/X-ray telescope -

A small flare occurred at the first 24th cycle sunspot (black frame). Hinode's X-Ray Telescope (XRT) observed a candle-flame shape structure there. The structure indicates that magnetic reconnection was ongoing above the cusp shape. Since it lasted longer than 8 hours, we can guess that magnetic reconnection also kept working for a long time.

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