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Quadrants of Prominences (February 9, 2005)


Hi-res TIF (3.9M)

While the EIT 304 Angstrom instrument is SOHO's best at capturing prominence images, one could wait several weeks for interesting prominences to appear. However, over a recent 10-day period (Jan. 27 - Feb. 7, 2005), we have observed four prominences or loops, just one in each quadrant. (Admittedly, the image from Jan. 27 displays loops above an active region, not really a prominence but it does rise above the solar surface.)

So it seems appropriate to display these in a collage of prominences (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. For all four images, 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.

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