AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 2 When the Sun Went Wild
SPD Topical Related Poster, Monday, May 31, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Ballroom

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[2.13] Remarkable Low Temperature Emission of the 4 November 2003 Limb Flare

J.W. Leibacher, J.W. Harvey (National Solar Observatory), G. Kopp (University of Colorado / LASP), H. Hudson (University of California-Berkeley / SSL), GONG Team

Strong (> 1.5 times normal intensity) continuum and photospheric line emission of the 4 November 2003 X28 flare was recorded simultaneously by three widely separated GONG instruments. Emission was seen from on the disk to > 20" above the limb for nearly one hour, likely making this event the longest duration white light flare observed to date. GONG observations are one-minute duration integrations of intensity averaged across a Lyot filter bandpass of about 90 pm FWHM centered on the Ni I line at 676.8 nm with 2.5" instrument pixel size. Spatial resolution is limited by diffraction and seeing to greater than 5". Additional measurements include the Doppler shift and strength of the spectrum line. These latter measurements indicate that continuum and line emission contributed about equally to the observed intensity signal. Light curves and images of the flare show a notable two-kernel disk event starting at about 19:33 UTC followed by a much stronger event that peaked at about 19:44. Rare, white-light prominences were visible above the limb after 19:34. Comparison of total solar irradiance measurements from the TIM instrument on board the SORCE spacecraft with full-disk integrated GONG intensities shows the global five-minute oscillation and the white light flare. The latter is much weaker in the GONG data, suggesting that most of the TIM flare signal arises from other, most likely shorter, wavelengths.

This work utilizes data obtained by the Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG) Program, managed by the National Solar Observatory, which is operated by AURA, Inc. under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. SORCE is supported by NASA NAS5-97045

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jleibacher@nso.edu

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