We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:05 PM
A pair of significant active regions that were coming into view put on a dazzling display with a canopy of magnetic loops (Jan. 5-7, 2013). The arcs, seen here in extreme ultraviolet light, are charged particles spinning along the magnetic field lines emanating from these active regions. Either one of these two regions, which are, in fact, seen as sunspots when viewed in filtered light, are four times larger than Earth. Forecasters suggest that these regions could produce substantial flares. We're keeping a keen eye of them.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001