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Extremely intense solar activity in 2003

Extremely intense solar activity in 2003

Date: 20 September 2010
Satellite: SOHO
Depicts: Solar flare
Copyright: ESA/NASA - SOHO/EIT

This image shows an exceptionally bright solar flare, visible in the lower right part of the Sun's disc. The event, which was observed on 4 November 2003, is likely the most powerful ever witnessed since satellites have been able to monitor the Sun's activity in the mid-1970s.

The image has been taken by SOHO's Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) at a wavelength of 195 Å, corresponding to the emission line of 11-times ionised iron atoms (Fe XII) and showing material at temperatures of about 1.5 million Kelvin.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
24-Jun-2024 00:08 UT

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