Sun  ID: 2717

Closeup of Solar 'Tadpoles' with time tags

Here is a close-up view of dark 'tentacles' or 'tadpoles' moving towards the solar surface in this solar flare of April 21, 2002 seen by TRACE. One theory proposed in this press release is that they are due to voids created by magnetic reconnection in the flare. This version of the visualization displays the instrument clock time tags.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Edward E. DeLuca (SAO): Scientist
David McKenzie (Montana State University - Bozeman): Scientist
Fenwick Cooper (University of Warwick - UK): Scientist
Valery Nakariakov (University of Warwick - UK): Scientist
Daniel Seaton (SAO): Scientist
Kathryn A. Stofer: Writer
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Astrophysical Journal, (September 2003)

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Data Used:
The TRACE satellite views the Sun at ultraviolet wavelengths with high temporal (approximately 1-12 seconds) and spatial (1 arcsecond per pixel) resolution. Launched on April 2, 1998, it orbits the Earth in a Sun-synchronous orbit.
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of this series:
Solar 'Tadpoles'

SVS >> Active Region 9906
SVS >> Coronal Loop
SVS >> Magnetic Reconnection
SVS >> Solar Tadpoles
DLESE >> Space science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Flares
NASA Science >> Sun

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