A&A special feature: Science with the solar space observatory Hinode (20 March 2008)
- Published on 20 March 2008
A&A press release
Released on March 20th, 2008
Science with the solar space observatory Hinode
Special Letters feature: Science with Hinode
Published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, volume 481-1, April I 2008
As recognition of the impact of Hinode on various branches of solar physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a special feature this week consisting of 18 Letters that present the new results obtained with Hinode. These papers focus on the physics of sunspots, the emergence of magnetic flux on the solar surface, and the dynamics in the solar corona. Figure 1 illustrates these topics.
Fig. 1. The articles published in this special feature address (a) the physics of sunspots (Fig. from Sainz Dalda and Bellot Rubio), (b) the MHD simulations of near-surface dynamo (Fig. from Schüssler and Vögler), and (c) the dynamics of the solar corona (Fig. from Chifor et al.)
Fig. 2. Structure of the sunspots as observed with Hinode (paper by Ichimoto et al.)
The papers published this week in A&A – which illustrate only a small part of the science with the new data – show new directions in solar research facilitated by the new solar space telescope Hinode. Through observations of all atmospheric layers of the Sun, from the photosphere and chromosphere into the corona, data from the Hinode observatory provide new insight into the structure and dynamics of the solar atmosphere, an important step toward a better understanding of stellar atmospheres in general.
Fig. 3. Coronal mass ejection (CME, also known as a transient event). An animated version of this observation of a CME by SOHO is available here. © ESA/SOHO
Fig. 4. High-resolution X-ray imaging with XRT of an S-shape sigmoid, often preceding a flaring eruption (paper by McKenzie and Canfield).
 The project is led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), together with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), with contributions from the United States and United Kingdom. The European Space Agency (ESA) is providing ground-station coverage through the Svalbard Satellite Station in Norway.
The Astronomy & Astrophysics special feature (volume 481 n°1 – April I 2008) on the science with Hinode includes 18 articles. They are freely available on the A&A web site.
Table of contents of the A&A special feature (and free access to the PDF files)
Dr. Luis Bellot Rubio
Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (CSIC)
Email: lbellot (at) iaa.es
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Kiepenheuer-Institut fuer Sonnenpysik
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