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NASA SDO - Venus and Coronal Loops

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Published on Jun 5, 2012

As we are almost halfway through the Venus Transit, here is a look at Venus through the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory AIA instrument. This is in 171 angstrom wavelength.


This channel is especially good at showing coronal loops - the arcs extending off of the Sun where plasma moves along magnetic field lines. The brightest spots seen here are locations where the magnetic field near the surface is exceptionally strong.

Credit: NASA SDO

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