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Message Subject SOLAR WATCH * 312 M & 25 X FLARES starting 3-7-2011 (Updated Daily)
Poster Handle Hugh M Eye
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SOLAR POLE SHIFT!...just joking. SDO is performing a flip of the HMI instrument as it begins its Fall maneuvers.

Wed, 03 Oct

Today at 1830 UTC (2:30 pm ET) we will perform the HMI roll maneuver. The images are usually oriented to solar north before we see them, but sometimes we get the watch the Sun appear to spin around. It keeps the instruments in good shape and allows the scientists to study the shape of the Sun. A recent article in Science magazine describes the surprising result that came from combining SDO and other measurements of the solar shape. The Sun is slightly oblate but less so than expected and without a change over the solar cycle.
More data is needed to understand why the Sun doesn't quite behave as we think it should.

[link to sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov]

I was curious as to why the Color Magnetogram was non-sensical, LOL.

[link to sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov]
 
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