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Coronal Hole Facing Earth

NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory2018-05-15

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An extensive equatorial coronal hole has rotated so that it is now facing Earth (May 2-4, 2018). The dark coronal hole extends about halfway across the solar disk. It was observed in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. This magnetically open area is streaming solar wind (i.e., a stream of charged particles released from the sun) into space. When Earth enters a solar wind stream and the stream interacts with our magnetosphere, we often experience nice displays of aurora.

https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00577

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  • Title: Coronal Hole Facing Earth
  • Creator: NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • Date Created: 2018-05-15
  • Rights: JPL
  • Album: kboggs

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