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Relation Between the 3D-Geometry of the Coronal Wave and Associated CME During the 26 April 2008 Event

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We study the kinematical characteristics and 3D geometry of a large-scale coronal wave that occurred in association with the 26 April 2008 flare-CME event. The wave was observed with the EUVI instruments aboard both STEREO spacecraft (STEREO-A and STEREO-B) with a mean speed of ∼ 240 km s−1. The wave is more pronounced in the eastern propagation direction, and is thus, better observable in STEREO-B images. From STEREO-B observations we derive two separate initiation centers for the wave, and their locations fit with the coronal dimming regions. Assuming a simple geometry of the wave we reconstruct its 3D nature from combined STEREO-A and STEREO-B observations. We find that the wave structure is asymmetric with an inclination toward East. The associated CME has a deprojected speed of ∼ 750±50 km s−1, and it shows a non-radial outward motion toward the East with respect to the underlying source region location. Applying the forward fitting model developed by Thernisien, Howard, and Vourlidas (Astrophys. J. 652, 763, 2006), we derive the CME flux rope position on the solar surface to be close to the dimming regions. We conclude that the expanding flanks of the CME most likely drive and shape the coronal wave.

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Temmer, M., Veronig, A.M., Gopalswamy, N. et al. Relation Between the 3D-Geometry of the Coronal Wave and Associated CME During the 26 April 2008 Event. Sol Phys 273, 421–432 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11207-011-9746-1

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Keywords

  • Shock waves
  • Coronal mass ejections