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A Fire-Breathing Dragon (June 5, 2002)

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  • Once in a great while, looking at images of the Sun can be a little like lying on your back and looking at shapes of clouds or seeing a figure in the carpet. For several days this week the darker areas in the mid-corona seemed to take a distinct pattern-that of a dragon. Most of this seems to consist of a long filament above the solar surface. With some image editing the pattern is here made clearer with an overlay of color so that others can see it as well. You can play the movie to watch the overlay fade in and out.

    The image (EIT 195 angstrom) shows the extreme ultraviolet emission from ionized iron in the Sun's corona heated to a million degrees C.

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