Hopefully they learn everything they need to know as next year promises to be the Sun’s most active year in its 11 year cycle.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Solar Plasma bigger than Earth unleashed
Giant wave of plasma greater than the size of Earth erupted from the Sun this past weekend. This towering arc was picked up NASA’s Solar Dynamics observatory. Launched in 2010, this observatory is intended to maintain a watch on the Sun for about three more years. The satellite was assembled at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland with a collection of onboard tools from the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE), the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) and lastly the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA). Together these allow the SDO to maintain a close watch on solar activity and understand its effect on the Earth.