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NASA SDO – X-Class Solar Flares; A closer Look (May 13-15, 2013)

May 15, 2013

A more intimate look at the recent X-class solar flares, including a look at the Active Region 1748, which has been producing these flares.

My favorite segment is the yellow 171 angstrom wavelength. It shows the magnetic field lines in this area of the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, and how they began to twist and kink, generating the hottest solar material — a charged gas called plasma.

Enjoy this beautiful view of our Star.

Credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory

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