Magnetic activity and the solar corona: first results from the Hinode satellite

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The structure, dynamics and evolution of the solar corona are governed by the magnetic field. In spite of significant progresses in our insight of the physics of the so- lar corona, several problems are still under debate, e.g. the role of impulsive events and waves in coronal heating, and the origin of eruptions, flares and CMEs. The Hinode mis- sion has started on 22 september 2006 and aims at giving new answers to these questions. The satellite contains three main instruments, two high resolution telescopes, one in the optical and one in the X-ray band, and an EUV imaging spectrometer. On the Italian side, INAF/Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo has contributed with the ground-calibration of the filters of the X-ray telescope. We present some preliminary mission results, with partic- ular attention to the X-ray telescope data.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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