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Sun's Upside-Down Heat Pattern Explained

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posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 02:22 PM
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Sun's Upside-Down Heat Pattern Explained


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Powerful magnetic waves have been confirmed for the first time as major players in the process that makes the sun's atmosphere strangely hundreds of times hotter than its already superhot surface.

The magnetic waves — called Alfven waves — can carry enough energy from the sun's active surface to heat its atmosphere, or corona.

"The surface and corona are chock full of these things, and they're very energetic," said Bart de Pontieu, a physicist at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory in California.

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posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 02:22 PM
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By using the Japanese oribiting solar observatory, scientists were able to study the atmosphere close to the sun and found that power magnetic waves called Alfven waves are involved in superheating the region between the sun's surface and the corona. These waves are also powerful enough to power the solar winds that affect earths magnetic flux and power the aurora or northern lights.

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