NASA telescopes They have captured several events with the Sun as the protagonist. A real show so far in 2023, and all we can see them on video thanks to technological advances.
From a plasma polar vortex up to one x flare, going through a north pole eruption, the star king looms in all its power.
To achieve the images, the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory and a spacecraft operated by the National Metereological Service.
What does it consist of each of the events? Scientists explain it below.
the dance of the sun
The Plasma Polar Vortex It is a kind of prominence in the star, a bright and gigantic filament that extends from the surface of the Sun. Although it is not the first time it has happened, it is one of the most spectacular captured on video.
The doctor pointed out Tamitha Skov, space weather physics: “Material from a northern prominence has just broken away from the main filament and is now circulates in a massive polar vortex around the north pole of our star The implications for understanding the Sun’s atmospheric dynamics above 55° here cannot be overstated!”
Talk about Polar Vortex! Material from a northern prominence just broke away from the main filament & is now circulating in a massive polar vortex around the north pole of our Star. Implications for understanding the Sun’s atmospheric dynamics above 55° here cannot be overstated! pic.twitter.com/1SKhunaXvP
— Dr. Tamitha Skov (@TamithaSkov) February 2, 2023
also happened a Polar Plasma Takeoff, less “swirly” than the first polar vortex. This formation was in the process of exploding, producing a coronal mass ejection.
Absolutely gorgeous polar crown filament eruption off the northern pole of the Sun, just observed by the GOES/SUVI camera ☀️ Needless to say that this ejection is going more or less “straight up” and is not Earth-directed 😉 pic.twitter.com/UslNnKqJuD
— Dr. Erika Palmerio (@erikapal) February 10, 2023
The case of the X flare of the Sun captured by NASA
the flare x del Sol was another of the spectacular events captured by scientists. Because of its power, it is called that way: it is an erupting filament that travels to the north pole of the Sun, and It happens about once every ten years.
Absolutely insane! Yesterday’s X1.1 class #SolarFlare was observed in high resolution by the NASA IRIS mission. IRIS observes with a small field-of-view, so catching the largest flares is rare. But just look at this, I haven’t seen a flare observation this cool in a long time. ☀️ pic.twitter.com/FB6IR47ORt
—Dr Ryan French (@RyanJFrench) February 12, 2023
They do not directly affect our planet, but in some cases, depending on the direction and intensity, it generates radio blackouts.
“The observations are more genius than disconcerting,” he noted. Scott McIntosh, from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “They are not disruptive events for the Earth at all, just a real scientific curiosity about what is happening at the poles of the Sun.”