Two homologous circular-ribbon flares associated with two filament eruptions were observed and analyzed. The emergence of magnetic flux ropes helped to inject free energy into the region and drive the magnetic reconnection above it.
New HMI high-cadence vector magnetograms are now available. Observations every 135 or 90 seconds reveal the rapid magnetic evolution occurring during major solar eruptions.
The HMI data-collection scheme was changed on 13 April 2016 to reduce noise in the vector magnetic field measurement. Starting at 19:24, the Stokes data series hmi.S_720s has been computed by combining filtergrams from both HMI cameras.
A statistical study using HMI vector magnetograms predicts the fastest CME that an active region can produce based on its magnetic parameters.