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Sunspot Metamorphosis: From Bottom to Top

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#67368 by @ 17.02.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
Sunspot Metamorphosis: From Bottom to Top

Sunspots -- magnets the size of the Earth -- are
normally seen flat on the Sun.

The above digital metamorphosis, however, shows a
sunspot as it appears at increasing heights, effectively in three dimensions.

The above false-colored image sequence of solar active region AR 10675 was taken in three very specific colors that effectively isolate
different layers
above the solar surface.

The first images show the Sun's photospheric
surface as it normally appears, covered with

The large dark sunspot sports a clear dark
umbra in the center surrounded by a lighter penumbra.

Images appearing toward the middle of the sequence show the
as in light predominantly emitted a few hundred kilometers above the

At this height, the continent sized
bubbling granules appear reversed,
and long lines of constant
magnetic force begin to appear.

The last images show the Sun at a few thousand kilometers into the

Here magnetic field lines can be clearly followed outward from the
sunspot to distant regions.

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#67377 by @ 17.02.2005 08:43 - nach oben -
züched eu no s'grosse pic ine...
#67384 by @ 17.02.2005 11:27 - nach oben -
voll krass. artet jo regelrecht us. *schlurrrrp*
#67385 by @ 17.02.2005 11:33 - nach oben -
*schlurrrrp* wa isch da füre grüüsch ?
#67393 by @ 17.02.2005 15:06 - nach oben -
ein lautstark einsaugendes.
#67394 by @ 17.02.2005 15:16, edited @ 17.02.2005 15:16 - nach oben -
vomene pirrrrat
#67395 by @ 17.02.2005 15:22, edited @ 17.02.2005 15:22 - nach oben -
säb mue zwor nöd unbedingt si.