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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.
A rotating tour of a coronal loop and magnetogram model. In suitable players, set to 'loop' for continuous play.
Red/cyan HDTV (720p) version of the coronal loops movie. The frames were generated for an experimental color stereo projection system.
Opening view of the Sun. This view is corresponds to data collected on December 9, 2001.
Another angle of the model showing a number of active regions.
Another view with a few active regions.
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
- Tom Bridgman (Global Science and Technology, Inc.) [Lead]
MissionsThis visualization is related to the following missions:
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Datasets used in this visualization
PFSS (Magnetic Field Lines)ID: 409Model Collected with PFSS NASA and ESA 2001-12-09
SOHO SOHO/EIT 195 (195 Filter)ID: 477Collected with Extreme-UV Imaging Telescope (EIT) NASA and ESA 2001-12-09
SOHO MagnetogramID: 618Collected with Michelson Doppler Interferometer (MDI) NASA and ESA 2001-12-09
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