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A Day in the Life (May 30, 2005)


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When the scientists were given the opportunity to observe the Sun every 12 minutes for a day in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 304 Angstroms, they took it. Due to demands of other instruments and bandwidth limitations, they rarely get this chance. So for almost 20 hours (May 19-20, 2005), we got to see what the Sun was up to in this wavelength. It did not put on a magnificent performance, but rather it displayed a modest level of normal activity as the Sun is heading towards its quieter period of solar minimum in its 11 year cycle. The most activity is on the right limb where an active region spits out some particles and shows some sputtering. And lest we forget, even at this resolution and point in time we can see things changing everywhere on the solar surface, all the time.

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