Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 103–109 | Cite as

Non-homogeneous Behaviour of the Spatial Distribution of Macrospicules



In this paper the longitudinal and latitudinal spatial distribution of macrospicules is examined. We found a statistical relationship between the active longitude (determined by sunspot groups) and the longitudinal distribution of macrospicules. This distribution of macrospicules shows an inhomogeneity and non-axisymmetrical behaviour in the time interval between June 2010 and December 2012, covered by observations of the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) satellite. The enhanced positions of the activity and its time variation have been calculated. The migration of the longitudinal distribution of macrospicules shows a similar behaviour to that of the sunspot groups.


Active longitude—macrospicules. 



The authors would like to thank the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (under their Distinguished Guest Scientists Fellowship Programme ref. no. 1751/44/2014/KIF) for the invitation, support and hospitality that has allowed the third author, RE, to stay for three months at the Debrecen Heliophysical Observatory (DHO) of the Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, during which this research was undertaken. SB acknowledges the warm hospitality received from DHO while visiting there and carrying out this research. The research leading to these results has also received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement eHEROES (Project No. 284461) and from Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UK. This research has made use of SunPy, an open-source and free community-developed Python solar data analysis package (Mumford et al. 2013).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Debrecen Heliophysical Observatory, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth SciencesHungarian Academy of SciencesDebrecenHungary.
  2. 2.Solar Physics and Space Plasmas Research Centre (SP2RC)University of SheffieldSheffieldUK.

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