Performing with a Flare (April 4, 2008)
On March 25, 2008 STEREO observed its first M-class (medium-sized) solar flare, which was also associated with a coronal mass ejection. Flares are intense, though short-lived, solar storms. Interestingly, three active regions were lined up across the center of the Sun, but the one on the far left produced the flare and CME. A careful look at the middle region reveals a burst of activity just before the flare blasts from the area to its left. The magnetic field orientations of these active regions still belong to the old solar cycle: sunspots of the new cycle will show reversed magnetic orientation. The video clip shows about 14 hours of activity.
SOHO began its Weekly Pick some time after sending a weekly image or video clip to the American Museum of Natural History (Rose Center) in New York City. There, the SOHO Weekly Pick is displayed with some annotations on a large plasma display.
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