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Nov. 18, 2015
Two active regions sprouted arches of bundled magnetic loops in this video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory taken on Nov. 11-12, 2015. Charged particles spin along the magnetic field, tracing out bright lines as they emit light in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.
SDO Sees Brightening Magnetic Loops
About halfway through the video, a small eruption from the active region near the center causes the coils to rise up and become brighter as the region re-organizes its magnetic field. This video was taken in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths of 171 angstroms, typically invisible to our eyes but colored here in gold.
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Image, Video, Text, Credits: NASA/SDO/Goddard Space Flight Center/Steele Hill/Sarah Frazier/Rob Garner.