The Sun Is A Little Loopy.

Although the Sun is currently trying to decide if it is going to remain active or go dormant for an extended period, it is still providing some spectacular sights.

One of the more amazing things produced by the Sun are the enormous magnetic loops.

The Solar Dynamics observatory, SOHO and the Stereo spacecraft, among others, keep a constant eye on the Sun, measuring our star for changes that might affect us and data for analysis.

The SOHO image above show the vast network of magnetic loops produced by the Sun.

These magnetic loops can always be found when observing the Sun using the proper safety equipment.  Everywhere there is a sunspot, you have the beginning and end of a magnetic loop.

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Although that is an easy way for you to see magnetic loops, they occur for almost every Solar event, like a coronal mass ejection.  The bending and breaking of these loops cause a lot of activity on the Sun and the cause is still only speculation.  Beauty and danger all in one.  Sounds like a movie.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

A Stereo Lemmon.

This weekend NASA’s Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft captured comet Lemmon at it traped across the face of the Sun.

Animation of Comet 2012 F6 Lemmon as seen from NASA's STEREO ahead spacecraft. (Credit: NASA/GFSC; animation created by Robert Kaufman).

Its like 3D!  Of course that is the whole point of the STEREO spacecraft.  The two nearly identical spacecraft – one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind – are normally used to trace the flow of energy and matter from the Sun to Earth.  STEREO has revealed the 3D structure of coronal mass ejections; violent eruptions of matter from the sun that can disrupt satellites and power grids.

We haven’t known this much about the star that gives us life ever.  But the images they provide are pretty spectacular as well.

Hopefully, we will get some great shots of ISON from STEREO as well.  Wow, I feel like I am back in the Navy using all these acronyms.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities.  Connect with me on Google +

Norman