Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Extensive Coronal Hole - UNIVERSE
A large coronal hole has been spewing solar wind particles in the general direction of Earth (Aug. 31- Sept. 1, 2017). It is the extensive dark area that stretches from the top of the sun and angles down to the right.
Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic field, which allow charge particles to escape into space. They appear dark in certain wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light such as shown here. These clouds of particles can cause aurora to appear, particularly in higher latitude regions.
Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA. https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/potw/item/832