Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 243-254

Coronal mass ejections of solar cycle 23

  • Nat GopalswamyAffiliated withNASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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I summarize the statistical, physical, and morphological properties of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) of solar cycle 23, as observed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) mission. The SOHO data is by far the most extensive data, which made it possible to fully establish the properties of CMEs as a phenomenon of utmost importance to Sun-Earth connection as well as to the heliosphere. I also discuss various subsets of CMEs that are of primary importance for their impact on Earth.

Key words

Sun: coronal mass ejections, shocks, magnetic field