Living with a Star


Solar Flare

Sunspot Animation
[Click here to see what's below a Sunspot] (Animation, 5.91MB)
Courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

Solar DiskIn the image on the left you can see Sunspots on the Solar disk. The image at right is a “magnetogram”; it shows regions of intense magnetic fields. The red areas are regions of positive magnetic polarity (N) and the blue areas are regions of negative magnetic polarity (S). Can you see how the magnetic fields in the magnetogram are closely associated with the Sunspots in the first image?

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