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New sites for magnetic reconnection

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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Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Visualizer
Mara Johnson-Groh (Wyle Information Systems): Lead Writer
Genna Duberstein (USRA): Lead Producer
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET): Technical Support
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Data Used:
SDO/AIA/304 Filter 2012-05-03T11:00 to 2012-05-03T17:00
SDO/AIA/171 Filter 2012-05-03T11:00 to 2012-05-03T17:00
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