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Active Regions' Magnetic Connection

NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory2017-05-22

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Several bright bands of plasma connect from one active region to another, even though they are tens of thousands of miles away from each other (May 17-18, 2017). Active regions are, by their nature, strong magnetic areas with north and south poles. The plasma consists of charged particles that stream along the magnetic field lines between these two regions. These connecting lines are clearly visible in this wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. Other loops and strands of bright plasma can be seen rising up and out of smaller active regions as well. The video covers about one day's worth of activity.

Movies are available at https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21638

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  • Title: Active Regions' Magnetic Connection
  • Creator: NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • Date Created: 2017-05-22
  • Rights: JPL
  • Album: kboggs

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