Rotating Tour of Solar Coronal Loops

A slow rotating tour of a data-based coronal loop model. This version is designed for continuous loop play. The solar model is constructed from magnetogram data collected by SOHO/MDI. Because we do not see the full solar surface at any one time, the magnetograms collected over the course of a solar rotation are processed through a time-evolving solar surface model to provide a snapshot of the surface at a fixed time. The resulting magnetogram is then processed through the Potential Field Source Surface (PFSS) model. Coronal loops are visible at the higher temperatures of ultraviolet light, in this case, 195 angstroms, the filter wavelength of SOHO/EIT.


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Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Russ Howard (NRL): Scientist
Michael Kaiser (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Don Michels (NRL): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
SOHO/Michelson Doppler Interferometer (MDI)/Magnetogram 2001-12-09
SOHO/Extreme-UV Imaging Telescope (EIT)/195 Filter 2001-12-09
PFSS/Magnetic Field Lines 2001-12-09

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STEREO Pre-launch

SVS >> Coronal Loop
SVS >> Solar Ultraviolet
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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity
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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version