Solar Golden Arches


Solar active regions

The magnetic field lines between a pair of active regions formed a beautiful set of swaying arches, seen in this footage captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on April 24-26, 2017.

The arches are traced out by charged particles spinning along the magnetic field lines. These arches, which form a connection between regions of opposite magnetic polarity, are visible in exquisite detail in this wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. Extreme ultraviolet light is typically invisible to our eyes, but is colorized here in gold.

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