Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – An interesting phenomenon recently occurred on the Sun. Space snakes caught on camera slithering across the surface of the Sun. What is a real snake?
The existence of this “snake” was captured by the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter. You can see a cylinder of cold atmospheric gas powered by a snake-like magnetic field coiled around the center of the solar system.
This phenomenon was photographed with extreme ultraviolet imaging, observing the intense energy processes taking place in the atmosphere of the Sun. The images were taken over a period of three hours and it is estimated that the “snake” was moving at 170 kilometers per second .
IFL Science explains that all gas in the Sun’s atmosphere is plasma. As the temperature reaches more than a million degrees Celsius, electrons are released from the atoms.
However some parts are hotter than others. This cooler part that forms the snake. The cold plasma seemed to move on the surface.
“You get the plasma flowing from side to side, but the magnetic field is completely random. So you get this change in direction as we look at a crooked structure,” explained study leader David Long. IFL ScienceTuesday (11/22/2022).
Hence the point of origin of the “snake” and filament erupts otherwise known as coronal mass ejections and when that happens a large amount of plasma crashes into space. If it hits the Earth, it can cause a geomagnetic storm.
The location of the snake, the filament, and the coronal mass ejection all together is too random. Currently the research team is studying how the three are related.
The Solar Orbiter’s energetic particle detector was active when the ejection occurred. Records the most intense solar energetic particle event ever recorded.
When the eruption occurred, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was also swept away. This provides insight into the event as it orbits closer to the Sun, meaning it can measure eruptions.
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