the above picture. Identify the objects in the picture. What unusual
phenomena do you see in this picture? Describe them.
aircraft in the picture appears to be a MD-11 airliner, of known
dimensions (wingspan 51.8m, length 61.2m, height 17.7m). Given that
the sun subtends a known angle of 33 minutes of arc, can you use
the definition of arc length to determine the range to the aircraft
from the photographer?
a sun-earth distance of approximately 150 x 106 km, can
you determine the approximate height of the solar prominence pictured
at about 8:30 on the edge of the sun's disk? Compare the size of
the prominence to the length of the aircraft, and to the radius
of the Earth (approximately 6400 km).