Multiple-wavelength high-resolution observations reveal running penumbral waves in the middle photosphere, with an apparent horizontal speed of up to 51 km/s.
A newly discovered, fast-moving wave propagates outward along sunspots’ radial direction and may provide new diagnostics of the sunspot subsurface structure.
A statistical study using HMI vector magnetograms predicts the fastest CME that an active region can produce based on its magnetic parameters.
Surface flux transport model suggests that the weak Cycle 24 is mainly caused by a number of bigger bipolar regions emerging at low latitudes with a “wrong” north-south orientation.
Ring-diagram analysis reveals that the convective flow speed inside the Sun is consistent with most numerical simulations of global convection.
Solar inter-network magnetic field, the weakest component of the solar magnetism, seems to be invariant at ~10 G from the minimum to the maximum phase of Cycle 24. This suggests a possible origin of small-scale, local dynamo.
Numerical simulation of sunspots indicate that different subsurface structures are possible. They may be deep coherent flux tubes or twisted spaghetti or shallow structures. It may well be that all the models proposed for sunspot structures are correct for some spot somewhere.
AR 12192 produced six X-class flares, but none was associated with a CME. HMI observations reveal the mild nature of the giant. It has weak relative non-potentiality and strong overlying field; the confined X3 flare leaves little imprint on the photosphere.
What could be common between solar atmosphere and information exchange in communicating systems? Well, this is all about how information is transferred from point A to point B. This work represents a proof-of-concept application of methods of mutual information (MI) to helioseismology.
The mean size of supergranulation has been found to vary over time with a period of 3-5 days. We have used full-disk Doppler images from the Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) to verify that these fluctuations are solar in origin.