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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