Friday, January 5, 2018
Coronal Hole All Spread Out - UNIVERSE
A broad coronal hole was the dominant feature on the sun (Nov. 7-9, 2017). It was easily recognizable as the dark expanse across the top of the sun and extending down in each side. Coronal holes are magnetically open areas on the sun that allow high-speed solar wind to gush out into space. They always appear darker in extreme ultraviolet. This one was likely the source of bright aurora that shimmered for numerous observers, with some reaching down even to Nebraska.
Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA. https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/