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"Angry Sun Erupting" - Active Region 1429 in chromosphere close-up - Friedman Gallery

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posted on Mar, 14 2012 @ 01:24 PM

It's one of the baddest sunspot regions in years. Active Region 1429 may not only look, to some, like an angry bird -- it has thrown off some of the most powerful flares and coronal mass ejections of the current solar cycle. The extended plumes from these explosions have even rained particles on the Earth's magnetosphere that have resulted in colorful auroras.

Pictured above, AR 1429 was captured in great detail in the Sun's chromosphere three days ago by isolating a color of light emitted primarily by hydrogen. The resulting image is shown in inverted false color with dark regions being the brightest and hottest.

Giant magnetically-channeled tubes of hot gas, some longer than the Earth, are known as spicules and can be seen carpeting the chromosphere. The light tendril just above AR 1429 is a cool filament hovering just over the active sunspot region.
As solar maximum nears in the next few years, the increasingly wound and twisted magnetic field of the Sun may create even more furious active regions that chirp even more energetic puffs of solar plasma into our Solar System.


Some other amazing photos of the Sun by Alan Friedman:

Venus transits the Sun - 08 June 2004/ Zeiss APQ130/ Coronado Solarmax 90 H-Alpha filter/ astrovid video camera

Transit of the ISS observed on July 16, 2011.

posted on Mar, 14 2012 @ 01:27 PM
Very cool pics! Thanks for these. That one of ISS passing is amazing and the one of 1429 is a jaw dropper.

posted on Mar, 14 2012 @ 01:34 PM
Excellent pics.

Luckily 1429 is moving away and is no longer a threat to Earth but it is only a matter of time before another one forms.

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