Storm Surge (June 18, 2010)
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SOHO observed a series of coronal mass ejections blasted out from the Sun over a 6-day period (June 11-16, 2010). Although none of them was a major storm, they did explode into space about once a day. And that pace suggests an uptick in solar activity. Coronal mass ejections are solar storms that carry clouds of particles and magnetic field into space. In these coronagraph images, the Sun (represented by the small white circle in the center) is blocked out by the larger occulting disk so that we can see the faint structures in the corona.
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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