Solar Physics

, Volume 259, Issue 1–2, pp 213–225 | Cite as

3D Reconstruction of the Leading Edge of the 20 May 2007 Partial Halo CME

  • N. SrivastavaEmail author
  • B. Inhester
  • M. Mierla
  • B. Podlipnik
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STEREO Science Results at Solar Minimum


We have reconstructed the leading edge of a coronal mass ejection (CME) observed on 20 May 2007 by COR1 and COR2 of the SECCHI suite onboard the twin STEREO spacecraft. The reconstruction of the leading edge of this CME was achieved using the tie-pointing method based on epipolar geometry. The true speeds derived from the reconstruction of the leading edge were estimated. These estimated true speeds were compared with the projected plane-of-sky speeds of the leading edge of the CME derived from LASCO aboard SoHO as well as from STEREO A and B images individually. The results show that a better estimation of the true speed of the CME in the Sun – Earth direction is achieved from the 3D reconstruction and therefore has an important bearing on space weather prediction.


Corona, structures Coronal mass ejections, initiation and propagation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Srivastava
    • 1
    Email author
  • B. Inhester
    • 2
  • M. Mierla
    • 3
    • 4
  • B. Podlipnik
    • 2
  1. 1.Physical Research LaboratoryUdaipur Solar ObservatoryUdaipurIndia
  2. 2.Max-Planck Institut fuer Sonnensystem ForschungKatlenburg-LindauGermany
  3. 3.Royal Observatory of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.Astronomical Institute of the Romanian AcademyBucharestRomania

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