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Solar Physics

, Volume 252, Issue 2, pp 385–396 | Cite as

A Quick Method for Estimating the Propagation Direction of Coronal Mass Ejections Using STEREO-COR1 Images

  • M. MierlaEmail author
  • J. Davila
  • W. Thompson
  • B. Inhester
  • N. Srivastava
  • M. Kramar
  • O. C. St. Cyr
  • G. Stenborg
  • R. A. Howard
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Abstract

We describe here a method to obtain the position of a coronal moving feature in a three-dimensional coordinate system based on height – time measurements applied to STEREO data. By using the height – time diagrams from the two SECCHI-COR1 coronagraphs onboard STEREO, one can easily determine the direction of propagation of a coronal mass ejection (i.e., if the moving plasma is oriented toward or away from the Earth). This method may prove to be a useful tool for space weather forecasting by easily identifying the direction of propagation as well as the real speed of the coronal mass ejections.

Keywords

Corona: structures Coronal mass ejections: initiation and propagation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Mierla
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • J. Davila
    • 3
  • W. Thompson
    • 4
  • B. Inhester
    • 5
  • N. Srivastava
    • 5
    • 6
  • M. Kramar
    • 7
  • O. C. St. Cyr
    • 3
  • G. Stenborg
    • 8
  • R. A. Howard
    • 9
  1. 1.Royal Observatory of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Astronomical Institute of the Romanian AcademyBucharestRomania
  3. 3.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  4. 4.Adnet Systems, Inc.RockvilleUSA
  5. 5.Max-Planck-Institut für SonnensystemforschungKatlenburg-LindauGermany
  6. 6.Udaipur Solar ObservatoryUdaipurIndia
  7. 7.Catholic University of AmericaWashingtonUSA
  8. 8.Interferometrics, Inc.HerndonUSA
  9. 9.Naval Research LaboratoryWashingtonUSA

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