by Fintan Dunne Editor,
23 Feb. 2003 07:00 GMT
This GIF animation shows
an object being expelled from the Sun
in a solar flare on 2003/02/22 at 18:30.
detail of the object whose size matches the comet
Comet Fragment still lingers?
SOHO-C3 image left shows what appears to be a portion of
the comet with a coma around it and trailing a tail behind.
The comet is the dark circle in the head area.
have described this as an artifact.
However, the same "artifact" shows up in the brown tint
SOHO-C2 image taken 42.75 hrs later on Saturday - except now
closer to the sun.
The composite left was made by resizing the published
SOHO-C2 image to 38% of original size - so that it has
the same scale as the SOHO-C3
Then the brown tint
SOHO-C2 was carefully centered on the blue tint
SOHO-C3. See images below
SOHO-C2 02/22 18:30 - image by WHIZADREE
Another view in
a later image