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Comic 812 - Ep. 13, Page 81

27th Jul 2011, 2:15 AM in Episode 13 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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smbhax 27th Jul 2011, 2:15 AM edit delete
smbhax
A coronal hole in the middle of the Sun, and side-on views of the usual holes at the poles, seen in extreme ultraviolet by one of NASA's twin STEREO probes; coronal holes are areas of cooler, less dense plasma where the solar wind comes shooting out into space along open magnetic field lines--elsewhere in the corona the lines are closed, looping back to the Sun, so no wind can escape:

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Comments:

vwyler 27th Jul 2011, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
vwyler
Another office call? Sigh... the hads she must have to break! ;)

And it is really something when a sun passes wind. ;D
smbhax 27th Jul 2011, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
Heehee, "hads."

And yeah, it is! The Earth's magnetosphere expands to like five times its normal size, and we get wacky solar rain or something auroral effects at the poles.