Association between Tornadoes and Instability of Hosting Prominences

Irakli Mghebrishvili, Teimuraz B. Zaqarashvili, Vasil Kukhianidze, David Kuridze, David Tsiklauri, Bidzina M. Shergelashvili, Stefaan Poedts

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We studied the dynamics of all prominence tornadoes detected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory/Atmospheric Imaging Assembly from 2011 January 01 to December 31. In total, 361 events were identified during the whole year, but only 166 tornadoes were traced until the end of their lifetime. Out of 166 tornadoes, 80 (48%) triggered CMEs in hosting prominences, 83 (50%) caused failed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) or strong internal motion in the prominences, and only 3 (2%) finished their lifetimes without any observed activity. Therefore, almost all prominence tornadoes lead to the destabilization of their hosting prominences and half of them trigger CMEs. Consequently, prominence tornadoes may be used as precursors for CMEs and hence for space weather predictions
Original languageEnglish
Article number112
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2018


  • Sun: atmosphere
  • Sun: filaments, prominences
  • Sun: oscillations


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