Rotating Tour of Solar Coronal Loops

  • Released Thursday, October 27, 2005
  • Updated Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 12:29PM
  • ID: 3287

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.
Opening view of the Sun. This view is corresponds to data collected on December 9, 2001.

Opening view of the Sun. This view is corresponds to data collected on December 9, 2001.


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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio


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Datasets used in this visualization

SOHO SOHO/EIT 195 (A.K.A. 195 Filter) (Collected with the Extreme-UV Imaging Telescope (EIT) sensor)
NASA and ESA2001-12-09
PFSS (A.K.A. Magnetic Field Lines) (Collected with the PFSS sensor)
ModelNASA and ESA2001-12-09

This model generated from SOHO/MDI magnetograms through the SolarSoft package.

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SOHO Magnetogram (Collected with the Michelson Doppler Interferometer (MDI) sensor)
NASA and ESA2001-12-09

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