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SOHO: The Best Coronal Mass Ejection Images in 2002: A Retrospective

Status Report From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2003

Hi-resolution images:
2002/01/14 (TIF, 1.5M), 2002/07/19 (TIF, 1.6M)
2002/08/24 (TIF, 1.6M), 2002/12/02 (TIF, 1.4M)

Movies:

MPEG Movie ( 1.8M), smaller version ( 543k)

Quicktime Movie ( 928k), smaller version ( 341k)

Over the year, although we are on the downward slope after having passed the peak of solar activity, solar storms (either solar flares or coronal mass ejections) occur on the Sun almost every day. Most of these are considered rather minor. But strong, visually stunning blasts still occur fairly frequently. Here is a retrospective of nine images from storms taken by the LASCO C2 instrument. Most of these images have never been highlighted before, but, grouped together in this series, one can appreciate the variety, size, and power of these blasts. In all instances with this instrument the Sun is more than blocked out by an occulting disk so that the instrument can see activity in the corona, which is 100 times less bright than the Sun, and perhaps a million times less bright than the Sun when observed from near Earth (where SOHO is).

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