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Coronal Mass Ejection

Coronal Mass Ejection


Date: 23 December 1996
Satellite: SOHO
Depicts: Coronal Mass Ejection
Copyright: SOHO/LASCO (ESA/NASA)

A frame from a movie obtained with the SOHO/LASCO outer coronagraph C3. The field of view of this instrument encompasses 32 diameters of the Sun. To put this in perspective, the diameter of the images is 45 million kilometers at the distance of the Sun, or half of the diameter of the orbit of Mercury. The Sun is located in the constellation Sagittarius. The centre of the Milky Way is visible, as well as the dark interstellar dust rift, which stretches from south to north. The cloudy solar wind can be seen along the ecliptic plane, both over the east and the west limb of the Sun, stronger over the latter. The coronal mass ejection has now stretched out over the whold field of view to a distance of 22.5 million kilometres
Last Update: 1 September 2019
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