APOD: An Extremely Long Filament on the Sun (2015 Feb 10)

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APOD: An Extremely Long Filament on the Sun (2015 Feb 10)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:08 am

Image An Extremely Long Filament on the Sun

Explanation: Yesterday, the Sun exhibited one of the longest filaments ever recorded. It may still be there today. Visible as the dark streak just below the center in the featured image, the enormous filament extended across the face of the Sun a distance even longer than the Sun's radius -- over 700,000 kilometers. A filament is actually hot gas held aloft by the Sun's magnetic field, so that viewed from the side it would appear as a raised prominence. The featured image shows the filament in light emitted by hydrogen and therefore highlights the Sun's chromosphere. Sun-following telescopes including NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) are tracking this unusual feature, with SDO yesterday recording a spiraling magnetic field engulfing it. Since filaments typically last only from hours to days, parts of this one may collapse or erupt at any time, either returning hot plasma back to the Sun or expelling it into the Solar System. Is the filament still there? You can check by clicking on SDO's current solar image.

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Re: APOD: An Extremely Long Filament on the Sun (2015 Feb 10

Post by Boomer12k » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:45 am

Awesome....HUGE.... :shock:

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Post by alter-ego » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:46 am

What? No Stan Laurel???

Sorry, I simply couldn't resist. :lol2:
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Post by Beyond » Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:59 am

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Re: APOD: An Extremely Long Filament on the Sun (2015 Feb 10

Post by Guest » Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:30 am

Looks like in the movie ( http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/dailymov/ ... _1024_0304 ) this is three filaments. From the right, there is a dog-leg left and a dog-leg right. Nice plasma bounces between the nodes.

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Post by Guest » Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:44 pm

"You can check by clicking on SDO's current solar image."
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Post by Guest » Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:34 pm

Image

Looks familiar.

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Post by Mad Ted » Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:55 pm

Here's another fine kettle of fish you've gotten me into!

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Post by KevinJohnsen » Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:26 pm

The Pandorica will open, silence will fall.

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Re: APOD: An Extremely Long Filament on the Sun (2015 Feb 10

Post by minkfarms » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:28 pm

So this filament is 435000 miles long?
Not 93000000 million but it scared the bjesus out of me.

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Re: APOD: An Extremely Long Filament on the Sun (2015 Feb 10

Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:36 pm

minkfarms wrote:So this filament is 435000 miles long?
Not 93000000 million but it scared the bjesus out of me.
Right. As compared with the Sun's radius of 432,000 miles.
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Post by chogis » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:17 pm

It looks like a gigantic sperm meeting an even more gigantic ovum.

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Post by Evenstar » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:40 pm

So isn't this "one of the longest ever recorded" filaments being thrown off--aimed right toward Earth--going to produce any effects here when some remaining "elements" of it arrives? I mean not on the Earth's surface but interaction in our magnetosphere?
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Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:46 pm

Evenstar wrote:So isn't this "one of the longest ever recorded" filaments being thrown off--aimed right toward Earth--going to produce any effects here when some remaining "elements" of it arrives? I mean not on the Earth's surface but interaction in our magnetosphere?
The magnetic field is closed, so we're just looking down on a prominence. It hasn't resulted in much material being thrown away from the Sun. It might yet. Or not.
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Post by Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:05 am

chogis wrote:It looks like a gigantic sperm meeting an even more gigantic ovum.
So now we know where our "sun" came from :roll: And are the girls just as bright? Of course - they brought on delight! :yes:
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Post by DavidLeodis » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:05 pm

Having just seen this APOD and clicking on the SDO's current image link the filament still seems to be there. Here is that then current image's url link:- http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/assets/img/lat ... 4_0304.jpg