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OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Happy tenth birthday Hinode

Published on Thursday, 08 December 2016 07:03



The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission, with NASA, UKSA and ESA participation, celebrated 10 years of solar observations in September 2016. Hinode was designed to examine the magnetic behaviour of the Sun, focusing on magnetic field generation and transport, energy flow from photosphere to corona, and the mechanisms producing the flares and eruptions responsible for space weather at Earth. The spacecraft, originally called Solar-B, carries an optical and an X-ray telescope, and an extreme ultraviolet imaging spectrometer. This image, taken with the Solar Optical Telescope on 12 January 2007, shows the filamentary structure of material in the chromosphere, pulled and stretched by the Sun’s complex magnetic field. 

This image is published in the December 2016 issue of Astronomy & Geophysics.


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