NASA's new solar observatory IRIS observes its first CME
NASA's new Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has observed its first coronal mass ejection or CME on sun recently.
Bart De Pontieu, the IRIS science lead at Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory in Palo Alto said that the focus is on active regions to try to see a flare or a CME and the team is very excited because this is the first clear CME for IRIS.
The field of view for the imagery gathered by the solar observatory is about five Earths wide and about seven-and-a-half Earths tall.
IRIS was launched in June 2013 to examine into the lowest levels of the sun's atmosphere with better resolution and it centers on material of 30,000 Kelvin at the base or foot points of the CME.
(Posted on 01-06-2014)