Sun  ID: 3346

Grand Tour of the Coronal Loops Model

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This is a longer coronal loops tour combining components of the two previous versions (Animation IDs 3286 and 3287). 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 which provides a snapshot of the surface at a fixed time. The resulting magnetogram is then processed through the Potential Field Source Surface (PFSS) model which constructs the magnetic field above the solar surface. The magnetic field around the Sun is then analyzed for field lines, which creates the loop structures we see in the model. Hot plasma tends to flow along the magnetic field lines, creating the coronal loops. These loops are only visible at the higher temperatures corresponding to ultraviolet light, in this case, 195 angstroms, one of the filter wavelengths of SOHO/EIT. For this version, we color the coronal loops green for ready comparison to the EIT 195 angstrom imagery using the EIT standard color table.

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Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Lead Animator
Michael Kaiser (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Russ Howard (NRL): Scientist
Don Michels (NRL): Scientist
Marc L. DeRosa (LMSAL): Scientist
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Data Used:
PFSS/Magnetic Field Lines also referred to as: PFSS
Model - NASA and ESA - 2009-12-09
This model generated from SOHO/MDI magnetograms through the SolarSoft package.
SOHO/Extreme-UV Imaging Telescope (EIT)/195 Filter also referred to as: SOHO/EIT 195
NASA and ESA - 2009-12-09
SOHO/Michelson Doppler Interferometer (MDI)/Magnetogram
NASA and ESA - 2009-12-09
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