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Casting a Net (April 6, 2005)


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The EIT 304 Angstrom instrument is SOHO's best at capturing prominence images, this image from April 7, 2005 has created its own peculiar twist. Shaped almost like a shrimp net that has partially opened to scoop up shrimp, the twisting prominence is far from the usual bulbous and rounded prominence we are used to observing. Prominences are huge clouds of relatively cool dense plasma suspended in the Sun's hot, thin corona. At times, they can erupt, escaping the Sun's atmosphere. Emission in this spectral line of EIT 304 shows the upper chromosphere at a temperature of about 60,000 degrees K. Prominences are a special treat for amateur solar observers with telescopes with Hydrogen-Alpha filters who patiently observe the Sun, while hoping to see a prominence or two.

(If any amateurs out there caught this particular prominence, I would enjoy seeing what it looked like in H-Alpha. Send your image to steele.hill[AT]gsfc.nasa.gov.)

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