The Sciences

Solar Spaghetti

By Corey S PowellFeb 1, 2003 6:00 AM
Photograph courtesy of the Institute for Solar Physics.


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This clearest-ever view of a sunspot, created by the new Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope in the Canary Islands, clarifies how magnetic fields shape the sun. A tube of magnetized, relatively cool material (dark area) surges upward and peels apart into smaller tubes; these are sucked down, producing the fringe of outward-pointing lines.

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