Model of solar eruption

Model of solar eruption

. A magnetic reconnection takes place at a current sheet (dark vertical line) beneath a prominence and above closed magnetic field lines. The coronal mass ejection, abbreviated CME, traps hot plasma below it (hatched region). The solid curve at the top is the bow shock driven by the CME. The closed field region above the prominence (center) is supposed to become a flux rope in the interplanetary medium. [Adapted from Petrus C. Martens and N. Paul Kuin (1989).]

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