New sites for magnetic reconnection

  • Released Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
  • Updated Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 at 12:13AM
  • ID: 4761

This sequence of solar imagery from Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) reveals some observational evidence of a previously theorized alternative driver of magnetic reconnection.

Plasma flows tracing the magnetic field configuration (AIA 171Å imagery), and a nearby prominence (AIA 304Å imagery) illustrate this interchange of matter and energy. The primary event of interest occurs just above the active region on the left limb of the Sun between 14:00 and 15:00 hours UT on May 3, 2012.


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