Solar Coils

A close up of an active region on the sun.  Credit: SDO

A close up of an active region on the sun. Credit: SDO

The Solar Dynamics Observatory zoomed in on an active region on 18-19 November and the coils around it. The coils are charged particles running along the magnetic field lines as seen in extreme ultraviolet light.

We are getting along in the solar cycle and activity should be evident in an increase of the number of solar storms. After the last solar minimum cycle, I would hate to make any predictions. It’s a little early yet and time will tell.